As an author I have read many books (and plan to read many many more). Recently, I was able to read (or rather listen on Audible) Zoe the Crab trilogy written by Lucia Matuonto. There are three books all featuring this sweet little crab, Zoe, who has to overcome her fears. The story has great take aways including, facing your fear, meeting new friends, environmental impacts, trust and doing what is right (even if it isn’t easy).
The books are divided up into chapters making it an easy read for young readers. The characters all have distinct personalities which gives the series more life. As an audiobook the narrator uses various voices that really suit the characters – I would recommend if you can listen on audible it is one of the best narrators I have heard. The only odd thing in the narration was the mother crab’s voice, at first I thought it sounded like a father, but it doesn’t affect the story at all and overall it was very well done.
Each book Zoe must overcome some type of fear. In the first book she meets new friends that carry through to the second and third book, so reading them in order is important. The bond she develops with her friends seems very natural and children can relate to finding their best friends. Each character stay true to themselves throughout each of the books.
I enjoyed how Zoe aged through each book. She starts as a very small crab but in the third book she is a couple of years. It shows the readers that as we age and grow we learn new things and can face more challenges.
I would recommend this book to all young readers, the stories share their moral but it is still a fun story with challenges to overcome.
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Zoe the Crab: Lost on the Beach