Spring + Exercise = Beats Achy

Oh man! My Achy powers are really suffering now – it’s springtime! So many kids getting outside to play in the warm almost-April air, the sunshine and even in the rain. All that fun, all that energy, all that exercise!

Exercise is healthy! Yuck!

I’m an Achy Crabbie! I like couch potatoes and TV, lots and lots of just laying around. Not exercise! Exercise gets in the way of my powers to wear kids down with germs and everything else that can run down their bodies and make them feel just sick and tired and not wanting to do anything.

That’s what I like; kids laying around not doing much of anything. And then, wham! They come down with a cold or the flu, coughing and sneezing and not feeling like having any fun running or jumping or catching or throwing or kicking balls or shooting baskets or anything.

That’s my gig. Just feeling achy all over. And I love it when anyone joins me!

Warm weather, sunshine, rain to turn the grass green and make the flowers grow?

Kids outside playing in the sun with healthy bodies on the go?

I say shucks. Shuckety shucks no!

Turn the Crabbies upside down!

Hi Everyone!

As you all know, King Crabbie likes to be in charge of EVERYTHING!!

Before I was a CrabbieMaster (BIWACM), I had some tough days and that meant tough weekends for my whole family!

I would be all excited, looking forward to the weekend, and next thing I knew I was in a big argument with Jay. Before long, Mom and Dad would be upset with us both.

It’s different now that we are all CrabbieMasters, and with Jay and me being Kids-In-Charge! King does not like that we know how to take charge every day, and he especially doesn’t like it on the weekends. When we are in charge, the Crabbies have nothing to do. They get so bored watching us have all kinds of fun!

You can be a Kid-In-Charge too!

There are just 4 main things to do to drive the Crabbies away:

Remember the #1 Rule: BE NICE!

#2 – Have fun without being wild!

#3 – Listen the FIRST time!

#4 – Beat the Too-Tired Crabbie

CrabbieMaster Kay CrabbieMaster Jay

Jay and I will talk more about Kids-In-Charge in the future, but for now I will leave you with a sure line to make your weekend a success.

Are you ready?

When your mom and dad are scrambling to get chores done so you can all go do whatever it is you are looking forward to doing, you ask, “Is there anything I can do to help?”  These 8 little words throw the Crabbies world






Go for it, become a Kid-In-Charge and make it a great weekend!


More fun reading!

The CrabbieMasters have been spending a lot of time reading lately, and they are excited to share this most recent find with you!

The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series, written and illustrated by Frank Cammuso, is pretty awesome. The titles are as much fun as the stories. Who can pass up a book called “Cookie Catastrophe?”


CrabbieMasters Jay and Kay like to check out the book in their school library, and they also like to go to their community library. Of course, there are books you can read online and with a Kindle or iPad… there are all kinds of ways to read. We asked Jay and Kay how they prefer to read books and what kind of books they like to read.  Here’s what they said:

Jay: I like to read books in my hand. I like to turn the pages and I like the smell of them too! Sometimes I read on my Kindle, but only if I don’t have access to a book. Then electronic reading is okay. I like mysteries and books about science and space. I like to read about the planets and the stars and the universe! Mystery books are fun. My dad lets me read his Hardy Boys books that he had when he was a kid. I am looking forward to staring in the CrabbieMasters books and maybe being in a movie!

Kay: I love reading and I am not picky. I do like having an actual book and turning the pages and using my pretty bookmarks, but sometimes I like to go to bed a little early and read on my iPad. I like books about friends and getting along with everyone. I do like to read the CrabbieMasters preview books! They are fun. I like to read about myself and my friends and how we beat the Crabbies! I like to read about history too. I can’t forget that. I do like history. It’s my favorite subject.

There you have it!  How do you prefer to read books and what are your favorite books to read?

Until next time, happy reading!




Spring has sprung!

Finally… spring has arrived. What are you doing on this first day of spring?

The CrabbieMasters are looking forward to warmer weather and playing outside. They know it’s a time when they can be having so much fun, they don’t stop to eat. That’s when Hungry can become a pest.

“Me?” Hungry asked.

“Yeah, you,” Jay answered.

“Couldn’t be,” said Hungry.

“Then who?” Kay asked.

Oh, wait… that’s “Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar.” It’s a fun singing game that a lot of kids probably don’t play today. This is one version of it. It’s a fun outdoor game. Give it a try!

Psst–keep this quiet, but we here at Team CrabbieMasters saw the Crabbies playing it! Yes, they were celebrating spring by playing a singing game. Sometimes, they find other ways to have fun besides trying to ruin our days!

Happy Spring to all of you from all of us at Team CrabbieMasters!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

All of us here at Team CrabbieMasters want to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, that includes the Crabbies. They are on their good behavior today because they’re afraid of Leprechauns. We think it’s rather funny that they’re afraid of them, but we aren’t complaining!

Too bad Leprechauns aren’t around all year, but no worries! CrabbieMasters know how to beat the Crabbies!

Have a good weekend, and we’ll see you next week!


We here at CrabbieMasters headquarters have been busy. We are fortunate that someone overheard King and his plan to have all the Crabbies invade our day.

This is what we heard, thanks to King being a little too boisterous:

King: “Everyone gather round. We’re going to have some fun today!”

Too-Tired: “Yippee! I’ve been so bored this week.”

Achy: “It’s about time. I’ve been lugging around this thermometer and I’ve had not one mouth to stick it in.”

Junk-Food: “No worries Achy. I’ve got your back. I’ll have you running all over taking temperatures.”

Hurry-Up: “Come on! I can’t wait! Let’s go! Let’s do it!”

Can’t-Do: “This is going to be so much fun!”

Get-Along: “Just tell me what to do, and I won’t do it! Ha, ha! Here I come!

Hungry: “Hey, don’t forget me! I’ll help find those empty bellies!”

King: “Okay, we’ll go on the count of three. We’ll start on the West coast and work our way East.”

Can’t-Do: “But it’s cold in the East.”

King: “Are you practicing, Can’t-Do? Or are you living up to your name?”

Can’t-Do: “Tee hee. I’m practicing!”

Jay: “Wait! King, I heard everything you said.”

Kay: “Yes, I heard all of you, too! Now, scram. We know what you like; we just don’t do it! We know what you don’t like; we get right to it!” So, why not go to play in the sand and behave yourselves.”

King: “CrabbieMasters! ShmabbieMasters! We’ll leave now, but we will be back another day!”

We are glad that Jay and Kay overheard King and were able to stop the Crabbies from ruining the day for a lot of people! We hope you’re on the lookout for them too!

See you next time!

Team CrabbieMasters


Are you tired today?

Yesterday, we sprang ahead an hour and today some of you are feeling it. The blah, tired feeling as we try to adjust to losing an hour’s sleep.

This is a day Too-Tired loves. He’s been prancing around, singing a song. It goes like this:

La la la la

La la la

Are you tired today?

I knew I’d get my way.

Drag your feet, sleepy head

Let the yawning spread.

La la la la

La la la.

Oh, look! It’s time for bed!

Yes, Too-Tired thinks he’s a rock star. He has learned rhyming words, so he’s really full of himself.

We know for some it can be a hard day as we adjust to the time difference. Some of you are lucky and live where there’s no changing the clocks ever! For those of us who must, we may have lost an hour’s sleep, but we gained an hour of daylight, and an hour of daylight means were closer to spring.


We hope you get a good night’s sleep tonight!

Too-Tired Crabbie, crabby, tired, sleepy


Some awesome weekend reading

We here at CrabbieMasters headquarters love to read and love to encourage reading. We stumbled upon this NY Times Bestselling book by author and artist Emily Winfield Martin, one of our all-time favorite people. Her latest book, The Wonderful Things You Will Be will definitely make for some fun reading this weekend.

The book blurb says, “From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.”

Emily is well-known for her art. She sells under the label “The Black Apple.”  Our editor is a fan and has quite a bit of Emily’s art as well as her books.

We love finding new children’s titles to read and share, and we think Emily is full of awesomeness. We hope she doesn’t mind us borrowing her photo so we can show you how pretty she is.

The CrabbieMasters are busy checking out all of Emily’s books and we hope you will too!

With the cold air settling in to parts of the country, it’s a good weekend to say home and read. And… best of all… it’s a little too cold for the Crabbies, so they probably won’t be around. We heard a rumor that King is sunbathing on a beach in Brazil.

Whether you read or do something else, we here at CrabbieMasters headquarters wish you a happy and safe weekend!


This is how we roll!

We know we’ve explained this before, but we have so much fun we want to show you more! This is a page of one of our books, which is coming together nicely!

All of us at CrabbieMasters are excited to see our pages finished, and we are amazed at how easy it is to work with someone who is halfway across the country!

Skype brings us together so we can brainstorm, review, revise, and have fun while working. This clip shows all of the CrabbieMasters. We know some of you can probably name all, or most of them. And some of you won’t know any of them, but no worries. When our books come out, you’ll get to know them all.

Skype is, of course, something kids should only use with adult supervision and you must be 18 to have an account. But… if you’re thinking of a career in illustration but you don’t like to travel, apps like Skype can bring people together from all over the world. Any career that requires coordinating can now be done with apps like Skype and FaceTime.

It’s amazing what technology can do!

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today is the birthday of the famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss. But, he wasn’t just a children’s author. Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist as well as being best known for authoring children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He was born March 2, 1904 and died September 24, 1991.

Surely, all of you are familiar with The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. They are two of Jay and Kay’s favorite books. Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book?

Here are some quotes Dr. Seuss is well-known for:

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

We hope you’ll be reading a Dr. Seuss book today! We here at Team CrabbieMasters will be!