Neal Porter Books Is This a House for Hermit Crab?
Neal Porter Books Is This a House for Hermit Crab?

Is This a House for Hermit Crab?

By Megan McDonald


Publication Date: February 13, 2024

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

Follow a hermit crab on the perilous journey to replace his outgrown shell in this classic picture book by the author of the popular Judy Moody and Stink series.

Hermit Crab has outgrown his shell, and it’s time for a new home to keep him safe from predators. The beach is strewn with possible choices, but none are quite right. A rock is too heavy; a tin can is too noisy; a fishing net has too many holes. 

He stepped along the shore,

by the sea, in the sand . . .

scritch-scratch, scritch-scratch

When a giant wave sends Hermit Crab careening toward a hungry porcupine fish, will he find a hiding place in time? 

Katherine Tillotson’s immersive artwork breathes new life into this classic text by Megan McDonald, beloved author of the Judy Moody series. Ample backmatter provides further learning about all things hermit crab.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author

Megan McDonald is the award-winning, bestselling author of the beloved Judy Moody series, along with many other middle grade titles and picture books. She began writing Is this a House for Hermit Crab? during her career as a children’s librarian, inspired by her own childhood pet. Megan lives with her husband in Sebastopol, California.

Author Residence: Sebastopol, CA

Author Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Katherine Tillotson has previously worked with Megan McDonald on picture books such as Shoe Dog and It’s Picture Day Today, as well as collaborating with other authors. She lives and works in San Francisco with her husband and two dogs, Sookie and Chi, who help her around the studio.

Illustrator Residence:San Francisco, CA

Illustrator Hometown:Minneapolis, MN

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Neal Porter Books

Publication Date: February 13, 2024

ISBN: 9780823452194

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