Award Winning Finalist USA Best Book Awards

Sponge Bob, move over! Author Don Stansberry pens his third book about Crusty, a smart thinking crab who chooses to be different. Not only is his color different – so are his friends! Also illustrated by Stansberry, this is his first children’s picture book. Well known for his novels about Inky – the 12″ tall wizard, Stansberry raises the bar for delightfully fun reading for grades K-4.

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Crusty is an intelligent crab who feels confined by the small minds in the community in which he lives. Feeling scared but brave, he decides to explore his surroundings and ends up in a place where his needs are better met.
Crusty befriends a fish who appears frightened and restricted. The fish eats what is available, rather than wander into the Deep Dark where better food may be found. With Crusty’s encouragement, the fish leads Crusty to the edge of the Deep Dark, where both of their needs may be met.
After awhile, the fish and the crab come upon an unknown water entity, Eep. At first they are alarmed and cautious. But, with time and the trust of one another, they decide to take a chance on the new creature which appears to have imprinted on them as parent figures. The creature grows and grows until, one day, it simply disappears.
Crusty then wanders to the edge of the Deep Dark, only to be threatened by huge monsters. Eep reappears just in time to save his friend Crusty.
Although Eep must return to thrive, he leaves behind a wonderful gift for his two friends. Children will love this book. The illustrations are colorful and imaginative and the messages, timeless.
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers’ Favorite

Don Stansberry






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About the Author

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International Award-winning author, Don Stansberry, is a native West Virginian and an elementary school teacher. He is the author newly released Isle of Shadows, and his children’s books–which he also illustrated, Koko & Stoney Mom’s Choice Award and Crusty, named a Finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards. Don is the author of Secret Blood, a multi-award-winning book that took top honors for best spiritual fiction at the London Book Festival. It was named a Winner at the Indie Book Awards at a reception at The Plaza in New York City during Book Expo America. His second novel, Vulture Bend, is a riveting good vs. evil award-winning story. Don is also part of the Headline Kids School Show Program and does workshops at conferences. He has been a public school teacher since 1984 and has always had an interest in writing. He was the head coach for the Parkersburg High Girls’ Basketball team for 16 years and retired from this position with four state championships.

Zoom Into Books Presentations

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Discussion and Reading – Secret Blood and Vulture Bend
Inky & the Missing Gold and Inky, Ogleebee & the Witches 
Children’s Book – Crusty