Masha Shebeko (Russia)

How the idea for your silent story was born?

Once I was walking on the shore and I saw a dead seagull among the garbage and sea grass. It was a terrible, but at the same time plastically beautiful sight. I thought that even terrible things can be portrayed beautifully and thus convey important thoughts through the emotions and heart to the mind. This is how the idea for my book was born.

What's the story about?

My story is about an hermit crab that has to change its house for a new one as it grows. One day he cannot find himself a new shell among the garbage on the shore. Luckily a girl, who comes to the beach, finds the hermit crab. She empathizes with him, so she cleans up the trash and finds a new house for her friend. The main idea of ​​the book is that every person, even a child, is able to make the world around him cleaner, better and more beautiful.

Why have you decided to enter the contest?

I have dreamed of taking part in the Silent Book competition from the day I found out about it. I don’t think I have a talent for writing. Therefore, the opportunity to tell a story through visual means seemed very interesting to me. The work was challenging but exciting. Quiet books in Russia are still not popular with readers. Therefore, participation in the competition gives me a chance to see my book published.

Your story is dedicate to...

I dedicate this book to all residents of Andreevka and other seaside villages who should take more care of the beautiful shores on which they live.


Masha Shebeko (Kholmogorova) was born in Vladivostok. She studied painting at the Vladivostok Art School and the Far Eastern State Institute of Arts. After graduation, she participated in exhibitions as a painter. Member of the Union of Artists of Russia, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. For the past three years she has been developing as an author and illustrator.