By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 18, 2010
TCBR: Henry the Hermit Crab: The Journey Home is your first published book. It’s the story of one crab’s journey to find a place to call home—to fit in. Tell us about the book and its main character, Henry.
Mark McDonald: Like most of us in this topsy-turvy world, Henry the Hermit Crab needs to find a home that fits. Henry’s tale has elements of the bizarre and the impossible: Instead of finding a house, Henry ends up being the size of a house—this is due to his passion and friendship with Rocco the pizza maker, who, with all good intentions, feeds him pizza daily. By chance Henry discovers he is from Samoa and, as he becomes too large for New York City, he is eventually able to make the journey on the high seas to his place of birth. Once home, Henry returns to his normal size and lives in his first real shell.