Steve is no ordinary Hermit Crab. He has a big dream... to be an astronaut and fly in space! His friends and family think he is crazy. They don't send crabs into space. Will Steve have "the right stuff" to be sent on a daring mission to Mars? Can he work hard to beat mischievous mice and mad monkeys to ride a rocket to the red planet? Only time and training will tell in this hilarious story of a crazy crab who wants to reach for the stars.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.06(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 12 Years|
About the Author
Mark has spent most of his career as a professional actor performing on TV, film and stage. He also played the role of Captain Starlight at Princess Margaret Children's Hospital which involved entertaining children at the hospital making their stay more enjoyable and less scary.
As an actor he toured schools during Book Week performing as characters from children's literature and it was during these tours he discovered the wonderful influence that a great story can have on children.
He has been a writer and director of many short comedy films and loves to spread laughter through his words and cheeky, off the wall sense of humor.
He lives with his wife and two children in Perth and has a serious addiction for finding new picture books at his locally library so he can read them to his children every night.
For as long as he can remember, Steve has had a pencil in his hand. With this love of drawing it was only natural that he would follow a career in the arts. After many successful years as a graphic designer, working for a variety of publishing companies, he decided to follow his heart and do what he loves most - create weird and wacky characters.
When he is not drawing, which isn't very often, Steve likes to volunteer his time at his local primary school, where he encourages young minds to explore their creativity through drawing and painting. He's an animated movie fan and hopes that maybe one day one of his characters will play a leading role.
Born in the UK, he now lives in Australia with his family and an assortment of characters who are waiting in the wings to be brought to life on paper.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Russ Cramer (age 5) for Reader Views Kids (12/17) “Crazy Crab” by Mark C. Evans is about this crab who was really good at his job, but it’s hard for him to get out of his shell when he is sleeping, because even though he’s good at his job, he doesn’t get to do what he really wants to do. He wants to become an astronaut! Even though everyone calls him crazy, he somehow becomes an astronaut. He wrote a letter after finding a message in a bottle asking for assistance for someone to go to the moon. I liked the drawings in the book. For example, the pearl looks like a real pearl. I also liked that Steve (the crab) was able to be an astronaut and live his dream. I did not like that I don’t know how he became an astronaut. I love the art because I want to be an illustrator, too. I like all the colors that Mr. Page uses. I believe all kids around the ages of five to six would like “Crazy Crab” by Mark C. Evans. I also did like the lesson in the book—you can follow your dreams. Dad’s Notes My son seemed to enjoy this book a lot. I think other kids his age will enjoy this book. There is one part of this book that stands out to me as really weird, though. Once we are introduced to Steve the Crab’s desire to be an astronaut, it shows that he worked hard and then it shows that he was better than all the other animals—it goes really fast and seems to downplay the amount of trial and error that something like this would take. I like the idea of “follow your dreams,” but everyone who’s followed their dreams also has had to struggle and fail along the way to achieve those dreams. I think a failure should have been included along the way (especially since Steve was successful at everything he ever did, ever).
An exciting tale, which shoots off with a very adventurous crab. Steve has a pretty nice life, but he dreams of more. Despite what his friends and family say, he's ready to chase his dream and shoot off into space. But the adventurous that await him are more than he ever expected them to be. This is a cute, bright and simply fun read. Steve is a crab, easy to love. The fact that he's a hermit crab is sure to grab young reader's interest, especially since he has such high hopes. The adventure is fast paced and perfectly worded for young listeners. Every page draws in with something new and tons of imagination. The illustrations are bright and have enough extra details to bring kids back time and again. The atmosphere comes across well, letting the scenes come to life. The pictures mix well with the text, and especially the humor is sure to bring a few giggles. At twenty-eight pages, it's a quick read, but it's definitely an exciting one. There was a little missing about Steve's actual trip but kids will love every minute of this space tale. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to leave my honest thoughts.