The winter passes slowly for Mr Lobster as he cannot hibernate like his friends. His exciting adventures last summer make him unsettled, so with the turtle he hurries southwards to a new home in the deeper water. There he stays till the sea grows warmer and the spring comes back to the land, where his urge to explore returns once more and he travels again up the river. Mr Badger and Mr Bear are waiting on the shore. This year they venture even further afield, to Mr Lobster's island where new perils are waiting to be encountered. With such lovable creatures it cannot but turn out well in the end, so all safely set sail homewards, for, as the most curious of explorers admits, 'Home is the happiest ending of all'.
A review in The Spectator of December 1940 says "Salute to Mr. Hatch, whose hero, Mr. Lobster, is a creature of great charm and has charming friends. " A home . . . is a place not to be bothered in," he proclaims, and confesses " All my life I have been curious. That is why I know so much." The conflict between caution and curiosity explains his adventures, just as Mr. Bear's temper is kept in check by his wish to be civilised, since he once travelled with a circus. Owl, sculpin, mouse, sea-gull, " permanent partridge," the creatures of Mr. Hatch's world are acceptable to anyone with a sense of humour and an eye for character."
The book has a number of black-and-white illustrations.
This book HAS a dust jacket. It shows signs of shelf wear and has some tears and little pieces missing but it is protected with a plastic cover. There is very light foxing to the edges of the pages but, internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.