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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 18, 2010

Author, Mark McDonald

Author, Mark McDonald

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.

By Mark McDonald, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 14, 2010

The story of Henry the Hermit Crab is about one crab’s journey to simply fit in.

PRLog (Press Release)Sep 24, 2010 – For anyone who has ever felt a little lost, or does not quite fit in where they live, then you’ve found the right place!  The story of Henry the Hermit Crab is about one crab’s journey to simply fit in.

Henry is a hermit crab living in New York City, where his favorite food is pizza and his best friend is the pizza chef Rocco. The only down side of pizza is that it makes Henry grow and grow until he ends up the size of a house. Luckily along the way while living in a mailbox he finds a post card from Samoa, with a picture of a hermit crab under a palm tree on the front. Could this be his home? With help from Rocco, Henry writes a letter to the mayor of New York asking for help to get to his true home. First the mayor ignores the letter, but Henry gets so big the city can no longer house him. Now the mayor has no choice but to help Henry get back to the warm island of Samoa.