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There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Ward , Steve Gray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog, a bat, a mango, a toucan, an iguana, and more! What a hog! Zany illustrations rendered digitally by Steve Gray show monkey's belly growing and growing as he eats a host of jungle creatures in this adaptation of the popular children's song, inspired by the rain forest.


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The popular cumulative nonsense rhyme, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” is the inspiration for this fun parody. The digital artwork adds to the wild uproar with kinetic scenes of pop-eyed monsters that bump and squash each other and squawk through the jungle before an old monkey swallows them whole and mixes them together. The grotesque images, with the creatures and foods crowding into the monkey’s ever-expanding belly, sometimes feel too packed, but the rhyming words, which stay true to the original song’s rhythm, are fun for reading aloud: “I don’t know why he swallowed the frog. / What a hog!” Young children will join in with slurping and burping noises of their own as they relish the repeated silly sounds and gross-out animal action. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

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The popular cumulative nonsense rhyme, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" is the inspiration for this fun parody. The digital artwork adds to the wild uproar with kinetic scenes of pop-eyed monsters that bump and squash each other and squawk through the jungle before an old monkey swallows them whole and mixes them together. The grotesque images, with the creatures and foods crowding into the monkey's ever-expanding belly, sometimes feel too packed, but the rhyming words, which stay true to the original song's rhythm, are fun for reading aloud: "I don t know why he swallowed the frog. / What a hog!"; Young children will join in with slurping and burping noises of their own as they relish the repeated silly sounds and gross-out animal action. --Booklist, March 2010

Migrating to a rainforest setting, the creators of "There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea" present another wacky take on this tune. After swallowing his first victim ("I don't know why he swallowed the frog. What a hog!"), the googly-eyed monkey downs three animated cocoa beans "to sweeten the frog," followed by a sequence of outlandish items and animals. Gray's digitally rendered illustrations alternately reveal the feasting monkey and the (remarkably) cheerful captives inside his stomach. Text and art deliver equal measures of over-the-top zaniness. --Publishers Weekly, February 2010

Product Details

  • File Size: 6836 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1 edition (February 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00758BC7K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cuter version... April 5, 2013
By Anna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is like the 'Old Lady Who Swallowed a...' book(s), but way more appropriate for children. There is no talk of dying, and the story is full of different animals and beautiful, vivid illustrations! The ending is pretty cute too...My 5 year old giggled throughout the story and asked for it again the next day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks on Kindle April 6, 2013
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On a kindle reader, I think it is a waste of money, even at the discounted $2 I paid. Two pages are displayed at a time and it is cropped (in landscape mode) so the artwork, which is the main appeal of a kids book with few words, is small.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and creative use of repetition! April 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great use of repetition with this unique version of the classic "old lady" rhyme. Art work is precious! Recommended for the young and young at heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the series April 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My daughter and I both love the series and each new book is better than the last. Give them a try!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for my one year old March 26, 2013
By A. Helm
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I read this to my son while riding in the car. The vivid colors and busy pictures keep his attention throughout the whole book. Its kind of fun for Mom to read too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 20, 2012
By S. Fox
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My kids love thiis book!!!! would recommend 
To anyone!!!glad things don't die in this book unlike old lady who swallowed the fly!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another "I Know An Old Lady" Addition October 14, 2011
By KimPor
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This time, a monkey in the jungle is the catalyst of this book. As a preschool teacher, I like this book a lot and so do my children. After I read it, they like to play grouptime, read the book and act it out. It's adorable and I like it since I'm A HUGE fan of sing-along stories. I like to read it when we're talking about Jungle animals, but your child will love it all year long. The illustrations are a little over-the-top for me, but after reading a few times, they've grown on me. A must for any preschool-grade 2 teacher or parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my "old lady" collection December 26, 2013
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There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog is a delightful retelling of the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly song by Jennifer Ward and Steve Gray. I have probably eight thousand retelling's of this story (well that's probably a bit of an exaggeration) and my students have yet to tire of them, sometimes having me read multiple editions in one class period. Needless to say the kids loved this book, laughing at each additional thing that the monkey swallowed. It's a great addition to the collection.

I recommend this book to kids 4-8
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My grandson LOVES this book.
Published 2 days ago by Jody Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute yet repetitive
The story is rather simple and silly, but more than anything else is a game of rhyming words. Cute but too repetitive, even though repetition is what makes the book.
Published 3 months ago by Virginia Kasten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My grands love these books.
Published 3 months ago by Anita Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great kids book
Very excellent read. Very good book. I loved reading this to my family. Thank u so much Amazon .. good bye
Published 3 months ago by Jeramiah Whiteaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
my kids really
loved this book
very creative and fun to read. we would recommend this book for fellow readers.
Published 3 months ago by Nicole Costley
3.0 out of 5 stars My son really likes the other books by Jennifer Ward ...
My son really likes the other books by Jennifer Ward. So I ordered this one. The monkey one isn't as rhythmic as the Coyote and Pirate stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ChefEmily
5.0 out of 5 stars good for kids
My 4yr old loves this book and wants me to read it over and over agin! It's a good
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Published 4 months ago by Gregory M. Albertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
It was awesome because I like books with a _______ who swallowed a ________. I am almost 8 yrs old.
Published 5 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute book!!
Published 5 months ago by Cathy C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
This is a nice book for kids and readers.
I think that this book is a funny story switch from there was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
Published 5 months ago by Jayhawk Fan Julia
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