Trash Crab (soft cover)

By J. Eliza Wall (Joy Elisabeth Waldinger)

Illustrated by Akira Serene

ISBN: 978-1-955656-37-5


A day at the beach turns into a search and rescue mission when the Taylor sisters stumble upon their first trash crab. Instead of shells, these hermit crabs use plastic bottle caps, cans, and other trash to protect themselves since their environment has changed. Juniper Rose and Katerina Mae save countless ocean creatures along the shoreline and put their heads together to solve this serious problem!

38 page softcover

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - J. Eliza Wall (Joy Elisabeth Waldinger)

J. Eliza Wall (Joy Elisabeth Waldinger) is a Philadelphia artist, writer, filmmaker, and art educator. Her work explores family dynamics, the human condition, nostalgia, and reconnection to nature. She has many pets in her tiny South Philly home: Ryder the pug beagle mix, Leon the chameleon, Orville the goldfish, Speck the jade snail, and Kat and June the hermit crabs. Her short films have won awards in national and international film festivals. She has been published in a variety of literary magazines and is a volunteer curator for Button Poetry. Her first children’s book was Like the Sun Holds the Moon: A Children’s Book, and her first novel is Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Novel. She believes art is a powerful tool that can generate change and healing locally and globally.



Akira Serene is an artist and educator who believes art can help, heal, educate, and communicate. She learned how to paint when she was merely ten years old, rushing home after school to watch Bob Ross, and realized in high school that she wanted to be a teacher. She received her BFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts from the University of the Arts. Her illustrations focus on portraiture, character design, introspective mental health topics, and storytelling. She teaches her students and two daughters (Zoë and Margot) the importance of using one’s voice to make a positive change in the world. This book reminds us that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, and it is dedicated to her daughters and students, who are the future of the planet.