Girl meets lobster. Girl loves lobster. But can girl save lobster?
I’m the first to admit that I am a complete hypocrite when it comes to the food chain. I could never, ever harm an animal, yet I do eat animals from a store; conveniently trying to forget that they were once alive and now they are dinner. There have been periods of my life where I gave up eating meat because it actually made me sick to eat after working around raw meat in restaurants and grocery stores. When I found out I had gestational diabetes with my youngest daughter and read what the nutritionist recommended I eat, I almost cried. The thought of eating meat and cheese had made me feel completely ill and I felt like I was on a complete Adkins diet. So while I am not trying to make any statements by saying how much my daughters and I loved the book, Lucy loves Sherman, I have to admit that saving a lobster from a fish market did give us some ideas!
The question at the center of this sweet and sassy picture book about Lucy is whether she can save her shell-y friend Sherman, the lobster, from Flotsam’s Fish Market in the seafood-loving town they inhabit. When Lucy realizes that Chef Pierre plans to serve up Sherman on a plate with a bib and butter, she decides she must take action. Yes, he’s an eighteen-pound, eighty-year-old crustacean that is polka dotted and blurble-y and smells like the ocean, but she sees him as a friend to be rescued. Unfortunately, her Nana is not hooked on the idea of a pet lobster.
This book is funny yet inspiring and it’s an unlikely friendship of a girl and a lobster and how one little girl decides she wants to take action to protect her animal friend. It’s sweet with a serious message, so read with caution if you have a particularly sensitive child (or stomach!)
About the Author: Catherine Bailey’s prior job titles include lawyer (interesting), sailboat deckhand (fun but occasionally sea-sick-y), and Cartoon Network intern (best job ever, besides writing). Her hobbies include reading, 1980s movies, and travel. She’s the author of the picture books Mind Your Monsters and Hypnosis Harry. She lives in Stuart, Florida, with her husband and two children.
About the Illustrator: Meg Walters grew up in Rochester, New York, and is an illustrator and designer who received her degree in illustration from Syracuse University. She is a member of SCBWI. Like Lucy, Meg adores polka pots and loves special lobsters, not lobster specials. She lives in Gladstone, New Jersey, with her family and her yellow dog.
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