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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: 2Toad (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098507731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985077310
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason Pierce is an author, illustrator, game designer, and software architect. He owns and operates 2Toad, a software development company, but his true passion and greatest joy is his family.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 11, 2013
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Terrible was the response from my second grade class about this book and they were so excited from the cover. I'm a music teacher and like to get my hands on any folk song book I can find and I have a large number of "old lady" books that the kids enjoy.

The major problem with this book is that it seems that the author didn't even bother to read the original before writing the book and he totally missed the formatting of the song. There is no "perhaps she'll die" or "wiggled inside her" refrain to sing after each verse and the echoing of all the things the fly swallowed happens in the wrong order making it just not work and making it totally unsingable. The pictures are attractive but the song instead of being funny and silly is odd and uncomfortable and the "twist" revenge ending doesn't work and isn't appropriate for the intended audience (revenge isn't a term kids are familiar with and is certainly not one that caregivers want to introduce to kids who are being taught to forgive and treat others kindly).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne Baldwin on December 14, 2012
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I bought this book since I've purchased so many of the of Old Lady Who Swallowed.......books for my daughter. It started out great, but ended rather abruptly, and the ending doesn't make a lot of sense unless you've got the There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly book to read prior to reading this book.; I also think the age group that usually gets these books read to them may not understand the word "revenge". I don't feel it was worth the money I paid for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.holman on August 29, 2013
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I loved it. Now I have to read there was an old lady who swallowed a fly. My little girl thought it was so funny!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet on January 31, 2012
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This book is delightful and certain to brighten the imagination of children and adults alike. The illustrations are precise, revealing a personality of each unique character. Does not disappoint and hopefully there will be more such books forthcoming.
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By Grampy on November 29, 2014
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“There Was an Old Fly Who Swallowed a Lady” by Jason Pierce is a clever turnaround of the old standard kids’ song, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”. Well, the fly is back. He’s bigger, he’s badder, and he wants revenge!

Simple words and simple illustrations are all that is required to make this a fun bedtime story for the young kids in your life. The very simplicity of the story will make it a good choice for helping young ones learn to read, as you point to each word while you pronounce it.

Follow along as the vengeful fly sequentially swallows a series of items calculated to get back at the “old lady” who swallowed a fly, lo these many years ago. You may find yourself enjoying this one every bit as much as your kids do!

There is some concern over teaching children the concept of "revenge" at a young age, which is perfectly understandable. However, as a school teacher, I would never consider reading anything to my class without first carefully reading it through for myself, to ascertain whether it is appropriate. I think this book is far better suited for reading to one's own children, rather than a large classroom group.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mgon on January 28, 2012
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Snag a copy faster than quick. It is so freaking cute! You will LOVE the art - unless you have no taste... but you're not supposed to eat it! Hah-hah. ;) Get it quicker than fast! Really. Trust me, you'll want to view this ebook at FULL SCREEN... and just drink in the fun pictures. I've flipped back and forth through it many times. I love it. I hope the art will eventually be offered on posters, cups, T-shirts, etc. *hint to the author* :D There Was an Old Fly Who Swallowed a Lady
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Burke on January 30, 2013
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This was another present for my wife who is an elementary teacher to use with her students. She loves the series of "Old Lady who Swallowed" this that and the other books, and she loves this one as well. So do her students apparently.
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By Sister C on February 19, 2014
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My grandchildren have the book The Old Lady Who Ate A Fly and love it. This book made them laugh. They really liked it. Both of the younger ones just had to read it them selves.
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Jason Pierce was born in Ojai, California in 1973. He is an author, illustrator, game designer, and software architect. He owns and operates 2Toad, a creative solutions company, but his true passion and greatest adventure is his family.

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