The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it -- not with a blobby purple anenome and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks, and soon he finds he needs his new housemates in this rollicking story of sea, shells and friendship.
Julia Donaldson, the current Children's Laureate (2012), is the author of over 40 books for children and teenagers. Her 1999 picture book The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; selling 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) Tiddler (2008), and and she has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Lydia Monks, and in 2010 with Emily Gravett. Julia lives in Glasgow.