Who Rules the Rockpool?

Who Rules the Rockpool?

By Author / Illustrator

Matty Long



Age range(s)



Oxford University Press




Paperback / softback




Crab is a big crab in a small rockpool and he RULES THE ROCKPOOL . . . or so he thinks.When a big wave sweeps him and Prawn into an even larger pool, he has to reevaluate his place in the hierarchy. If Crab doesn't RULE THE ROCKPOOL, who does?Acclaimed picture-book creator, Matty Long, brings his hallmark talents of deadpan comedy and hilarious illustrations to this fascinating picture book. Readers can feast on a diet of facts about the ecosystems of a rockpool and laugh out loud at the same time.  Also by Matty Long:  Who Ate All the Bugs

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Who Rules the Rockpool? is a wonderfully colourful picture book with cartoon style illustrations. The speech bubbles throughout add humour and allow the character's comical personalities as well as their relationship to shine.

This story carefully plots the crab's discovery of what it takes to rule their home. It will be a fantastic discussion starter for respect, what it takes to live as a group, and the characteristics you would choose in a leader. It could also link to the topic of habitats.  Children will have hours of fun spotting the creatures detailed in the final pages of the book and love learning some fabulous facts on the penultimate pages.

This would be a fabulous story to share with children as part of a story time or a lovely way to finish the day for a bedtime story. It is a book that will bring joy.

Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


Subtitled 'the battle for SURVIVAL in a WATERY world', this cartoony book tells the story of Crab, who gets knocked out of his tiny Rockpool by a large wave, into a larger Rockpool. Crab is used to being the ruler of his Rockpool and is keen to take the crown in his new home. His friend prawn and all the other Rockpool dwellers are keen to put him straight and advise him to lie low, mainly because Octopus is on the prowl. Fortunately Crab manages to poke him in the eye and escapes.... until a larger Octopus comes along.

Who Rules the Rockpool? is a funny, engaging and informative tale of food chains, marine creatures and the need for camouflage to aid survival. The perfect gift for any budding scientist, this is also a good addition to a school library, and will be in great demand to support a summer seaside topic in Key Stage One. It also features a handy glossary at the back and a spotters guide to help identify rockpool dwellers.

Picture book / Reviewed by Wendy Kelly, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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