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Children's LiteratureNipper the Crab hates his large claws. They always get in the way when he tries to play games with his friends. He cannot even play hide-and-seek because his claws have broken his favorite hiding place. His friends have a plan, though. They decide that they will hide and Nipper can find them. But when Octopus hides in the seaweed, he becomes stuck. Nobody seems to be able to help him—until Nipper comes to the rescue. His claws snip and clip until Octopus is freed. Ruth Galloway has created a delightful book for young children with beautiful watercolor illustrations. Vivid colors and bold strokes enforce the style of this talented artist. Alliteration, which is so popular in children's books now, fits this story very well. Big dots and colorful squiggles will delight young ones when they are reading this book or just being read to. Ms. Galloway is the author of Fidgety Fish, Smiley Shark, and other "Tiger Tales" books. 2005, Little Tiger Press, Ages 6 mo. to 5.