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Check out other books in this science series:
Do Doodlebugs Doodle?
Do Jellyfish like Peanut Butter?

Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?

Co-author Artemis Roehrig
Paintings by John Sandford

Published by
Persnickety Press
September, 2016
ISBN 978-1-943978-03-8

Educational Guide
How to Get This Book

Reviews and Interviews
Authors' School Visit

Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? No! But fiddler crabs sure do some amazing things!

Starting with silly questions like the title, and moving on through increasinglyunlikely questions such as “do fiddler crabs ride a skateboard?,” and “do fiddler crabs eat pizza?,” children discover what fiddler crabs do. They don’t need a skateboard – they can move sideways so shore birds can’t catch them. They may not enjoy pizza, but they gobble up saltmarsh muck.

fiddler crabsUsing this question-and-answer format engages children immediately, and discovering just what fiddler crabs actually do satisfies their curiosity. This is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging, fun, and filled with the kinds of details that kids love.

Watch a video of the real fiddler crabs that inspired this book.

View the Author's Note for information about fiddler crabs.

Reviews and Interviews

"Humorous and informative at the same time, always a winning combination. Co-authored by a scientist, written with an assured, light touch, this picture book has taught me more than I ever knew about fiddler crabs while entertaining me as well. Plus the pictures are hilarious!"
-- Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, and On Bird Hill

The humor is irresistible, and Sandford makes good use fiddler crabof it in his paintings. The opening, titular question is illustrated with a top-hatted crab playing a violin. Later, readers see crabs with hard hats building in sand, crabs with chef’s hats making pizza, crabs with sunglasses, skateboards, knitting needles, hockey sticks, and more. Cheerful and modestly informative, this will be most appreciated where these crabs are familiar.      -- Kirkus

Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle? poses the sort of questions very young children might indeed ask about fiddler crabs, beginning with the title query and then moving on to whimsical wondering, such as whether they ride skateboards, eat pizza or listen to the radio. Not surprisingly to adults, the answer to all of these questions is “no.” Demas and Roehrig augment that simple word with information about activities in which the crabs do engage. The book disguises science in a story and does a delightful job of it....The book is charmingly illustrated by John Sanford. His crabs are big and full of personality, like the text.

--The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)
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Mass Audubon Newsletter, July 27, 2017
" Wellfleet Bay's Fiddler Crabs Star in New Children's Book"
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Provincetown Banner, Thursday, January 26, 2017
"Turning the Cape into children’s lit"
By Susan Blood
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The Bill Newman Show, WHMP Northampton, MA, November 30, 2016
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Daily Hampshire Gazette, Wednesday, November 30, 2016
"A family affair: Amherst writer and daughter co-author two children’s books"
By Steve Pfarrer
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Corinne and Artemis with Brian Sockin,
publisher of Persnickety Press

How to Get this Book

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Artemis RoehrigArtemis Roehrig received her master's degree from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology program at the University of Massachusetts. She first became interested in fiddler crabs when she worked a Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Artemis lives in Western Massachusetts and loves to explore nature with her two children. She is co-author of Are Pirates Polite? and Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Forthcoming books include Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter?

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John Sandford has illustrated more than 60 books for children, including Eve Bunting's Moonstick--Seasons of the Sioux, and The Parents' Choice Gold Award Book, The Terrible Hodag fiddler craband the Animal Catchers, by Caroline Arnold. To bring words to life, John uses differentapproaches for each story to evoke mood, place, and the personality of characters.John and hiswife Frances live in Chicago, where he is a senior art director for children's publisher Cricket Media. While fiddler crabs are not native to Chicago, John notes that the crab spirit pervades the Brown Line elevated train every morning. For more information, go to .

Authors' School Visit

Video of Authors' Presentation

Students' Drawings of Animals Doing Imaginary Things
Inspired by Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?

Watch First Grade students reading their own versions of the book