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Crustacean Vacation

Hardcover, 36 pages, 9.5 x 8.5, Children's, Ages 4-9

ISBN: 978-1-934031-95-7

Availability: In stock


About this Book:

From out of the sea, from out of the spray,
The crab family's going on holiday!

And so begins a grand day out at the seashore, as a family of crabs ventures on land to picnic on the beach (yum, peanut butter and jellyfish!), play games in an arcade (not even a crab wins at The Claw), and slide and glide in a water park. This is no ordinary boardwalk. Here, a seagull runs the candy store, a shark sits in front of a tattoo parlor, a sea horse hawks prizes, and the water park's lifeguard is an octopus. Join Mom, Dad, two crablets and Grannie as they create holiday memories like no other. Young readers will delight in the clever rhyming verses paired with wacky and wonderful illustrations from the imagination of acclaimed New Hampshire artist Marty Kelley.  

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"Humans are sure to see themselves in the beach vacation taken by a crab family. From playing in the sand to waterpark slides, energetic, humorous cartoon illustrations continue until "Another crustacean vacation is done,/Filled with marvelous memories of fun in the sun."
– "Start with a Book," 

5 Questions with Marty Kelley

5 Questions with Marty Kelley

You may know Marty Kelley for his whimsical illustrations in a previous Islandport children's book, titled "Crustacean Vacation." Now he's back with a book all his own. "Albert's Almost Amazing Adventure" tells the story of a young boy who has just returned from a family vacation. As he tells his friends the details of his trip, they add their own twists and turns to create a family adventure like no other. Their stories take young readers on a roller coaster ride of imaginative scenes — Albert confronts a dinosaur, meets a mad scientist and even finds himself fighting pirates. Marty cleverly introduces what is real in black and white, and what is imagined in full color. 

We talked with Marty about grumpy wedding guests, his new love for black and white artwork, kids as book critics and more in our latest 5 questions with the author.   

Read the full interview here

Brian Benoit

About this Author

Originally from Somersworth, New Hampshire, author Brian Benoit now listens for the roar of the surf deep in the woods of Vermont. His sea creatures were originally conjured up to entertain his brother duri



About this Illustrator

Marty Kelley currently works as a writer and illustrator, but in the past, he’s worked many jobs—baker, animator, and balloon delivery guy are just a few titles he’s held.



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