Monday, December 11, 2017

[Children's Book Review] Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

Book Review of Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet is an adorable story about a crab with a compulsive hoarding problem. There's danger, adventure, and treasure! But there are also a few lessons to learn along the way.

Let's dive in!

Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

A little boy saves Kermit from disaster, and the once cranky crab works hard to repay him.

Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this read! The artwork was cute and I loved the pencil-lined texture.

Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet sunken ship

The overall storyline flowed well and while reading I kept thinking about how fun this would be to read out loud to a kiddo. I loved that it was written with a A/B/A/B rhyme scheme:

The crumpled tin lid caught the sun’s bright reflection
Which caused it to sparkle every direction,
And since the old miser had never been told
That bright things that glitter are not always gold
He suppose that it must be some valuable thing 
That someone had lost, gold watch or ring...

There were many themes throughout the story that would be great talking points for parents and children. Just a few included greed and repercussions for your actions, but also kindness. 

Unless it is cured sometimes greediness grows
Where it finally stops, alas, nobody knows...

Beware, the negative:
There was one line that made me stop and say, "Oh come on...":

Where he spied some small boys, half a dozen or more-
Tall ones and scrawny ones, one who is fat...

Really? This line alone would sway me to not want to read it to a future child.

My final thoughts:
Overall I really enjoyed this read! 

I would recommend it to any adult that is a fan of cute children's books. I would also recommend it to parents looking for a great book to read to a child. However, I would caution parents about that one line. That little snag is what made me drop my rating to four teacups rather than five. 

Thanks for reading! 


  1. We love Bill Peet! J and I have been collecting his books for our kiddos! We've checked local libraries, but they never seem to have any.

    Do You Dog-ear?

    1. That's awesome! I'll have to check out more of his work soon! :)

  2. I was totally thinking Kermit the Frog, but this sounds great too!