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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie Hardcover – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525456457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525456452
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In the awfully silly I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, children's librarian and author Alison Jackson bypasses pilgrims completely and cuts straight to the stomach of Thanksgiving in America--dinner. A slightly dizzying new spin on the well-loved cumulative rhyming song "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this madcap picture book stars a ravenously hungry relative who comes to Thanksgiving dinner with a pie. Since she eats the pie in its entirety before she even gets in the house, she has to swallow some cider (that "rumbled and mumbled and grumbled inside her"). If you must know, "She swallowed the cider to moisten the pie, / The Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry, /Perhaps she'll die." The story continues in this vein, as we watch the hosts grow visibly alarmed--and the children visibly delighted-- by the old lady's surreal appetite and supernaturally increasing girth. Illustrator Judith Byron Schachner--creator of the acclaimed Willy and May--has masterfully captured this ludicrous tale in hilariously haywire pen-and-ink drawings, splashed with watercolor. Kids will love this romping, rhyming frolic through a familiar favorite. (Ages 4 to 8)

From Publishers Weekly

The illustrations freshen up the old cumulative chestnut. "The old lady herself is a tour de force of visual slapstick," wrote PW. "Even the typography joins the fun." Ages 3-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Alison Jackson has been a children's author for over twenty years. As a children's librarian she became aware of the needs of young readers, along with their interests, and she has been writing for them ever since. Her most popular book, I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE, is a humorous Thanksgiving take-off on the children's song, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," in which her little old lady consumes nearly everything she sees on Thanksgiving Day. THE BALLAD OF VALENTINE, a Valentine's Day spin-off from the song, "Clementine," appeared on the New York Times Best Seller's list, and her most recent novel, EGGS OVER EVIE, has received starred reviews in both School Library Journal and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Her next publication, WHEN THE WIND BLEW will be out in January, 2013. It is a variation on "Rock-a-Bye,Baby", in which the wind blows the baby right out of the tree and onto the roof of a shoe house, belonging to the "Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe." The unpredictable wind rearranges many familiar nursery rhymes before finally shifting and setting everything right.

Customer Reviews

This book is great for kids and adults!!!
Cassie Lynn Hahl
This book was one of my favorite books to read as a child, and so I thought it would be a great gift for my 18-month-old cousin.
Cletus Furple
Never have I seen kids react so intensely to a sing-along book as they did for all the "I Know an Old Lady..." books.
Amelia J. Marks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
*Hilarious* is the only word to describe this picture book which is a take off of the classic "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
When an "old lady" comes to Thanksgiving dinner she swallows a pumpkin pie--whole. To wash down the pie (which was really too dry) she gulps some cider which "rumbles and mumbles and grumbles" inside her. Then to the horror of the adults and the delight of the children she gobbles the entire Thanksgiving feast!
The illustrations cap off the delightful text and add even more fantastic humor as the old lady grows in proportion with each outlandish bite.
A must read for story time--kids will be giggling more with every turn of the page. And you'll be "thankful" you don't have such a relative. Or do you?
Karma Wilson
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on November 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Alison Jackson has written a superb take-off on the classic, I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. In this very funny, very hip rendering, the old lady with an unbelievable appetite, swallows first the pie, the very pie she brought to the Thanksgiving feast. This is followed by a jug of cider..."to moisten the pie which was really too dry", then a roll, a squash, the salad, the turkey and on and on.....With each addition, she grows bigger and fatter to the delight and amusement of the family children and the horror of their parents, as they watch their entire holiday meal disappear. Ms Jackson's text is complimented by Judith Byron Schachner's wonderfully expressive and detailed illustrations. Together they have authored a holiday classic, complete with charming, surprise ending, that will be enjoyed by your family for many years to come.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My children enjoyed this book emensely! Wonderful illustrations ! A new "Thanksgiving read" tradition!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amelia J. Marks on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a music teacher for grades K-3. Never have I seen kids react so intensely to a sing-along book as they did for all the "I Know an Old Lady..." books. This one especially sparks kids' minds and brings so many other subjects into play. Kids like talking about Thanksgiving as it's one of the few holidays both kids and teachers openly celebrate. This book brought about questions of traditional food and activites as well as the health repercussions of stuffing ourselves. In the end, kindergarten through third grade eyes will sparkle to see the Old Lady grow into a balloon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By History_of_Art_Geek on November 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie is one of the best find for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is an adapation of the old classic rhyme, I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, with a Thanksgiving twist. She eats and eats until she blows up like a balloon, and flies in the Thanksgiving parade. It's hysterical, and little ones love it. The cadence is wonderful, and a blast to read aloud!

Judy Schachner's illustrations are colorful, and silly, somewhat like Nadine Bernard Wescott's [The Farmer Brown Series, Lady With The Alligator Purse]. If you're looking for a hilarious book for young children say 3 to 7 then this may fit the bill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think it's funny that a few reviews have complained about this being a boring book to read and the "repetitiveness" of the words. It's a song. You have to learn the tune to the favorite "I know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" and then substitute with the words of this wonderful book. My 2 and 4-year-olds loved this book, but they already knew the fly version of the song and found this hilarious. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caribear77 on November 30, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My kids do like this book (ages 3 & 5). It is silly & a nice Thanksgiving book.

However when reading it I do omit "perhaps she'll die" I didn't think that was really needed & didn't want to read that line. I asked my oldest son about that part. He said he didn't think that was very nice to say that. So, I omit that part but the rhyming & sillness of things she eats is cute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Seifert on October 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My preschool classroom loves to help tell this story with a simple paper bag puppet with a cellophane stomach. A little clipart depicting all the items this grandmotherly woman consumes allows the children to actually feed the puppet. They love this story and it is a "PRA" (please read again) book in our class!
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