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There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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About the Author
Steve Gray is the illustrator of There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea, There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog, and There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish, written by Jennifer Ward, as well as Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows by Katy Duffield. His six-minute animated short film, Santa’s Camels, has been shown in more than sixty film festivals around the world. He lives in Redondo Beach, California. Learn more: www.stevegrayillustration.com
Top Customer Reviews
Each verse escalates the object the pirate eats, ending with an entire pirate ship. The rhyme is catchy--so much so, that my 3 year old son knows most of the words already.
The art is fun. We especially like the bird and the fish that are inside the pirate's belly. They are the best part of the story and art style. Each time the pirate swallows something, the bird and fish scene changes to incorporate that new object. It gets pretty funny by the end.
Overall, we judge a book's success by the number of times my son requests we read it to him. One night, we had to read it 5 times. That makes it a very successful book!
I'm liking those purrty pictures on the pages so much that I'm hooked like a sea bass on a line. If I got you pegged, I'm thinking' you lubbers might be wantin a look at this book yourselves. Read it twice, and you'll be doubloon your fun. That sounds smart as paint, don't it?
I'm a might particular about reading books for little deck hands. To be a member of my crew, the book has to be fun and has to have rhyme. Repetition be a requirement too, like barrels of rum on a long voyage. And it can't be containin' those long dictionary words that only those swabs with lots of book learnin' can make sense of. But mostly to map my way from port to port, it needs a hand expert at sketchin, with waves of color and size.
AAAAART makes the book sail.
"There Was and Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish" is one of those rare children's books that does it all for me. It's got rhyme, fun, silliness, repetition, big colorful pages, and aaaart so good your eyes will pop out of their sockets like the eyes of the pirate you'll meet in this book.
Obviously I like this book. A LOT! The only change I'd make would be to write the word "AYE" on one of the pirate's eyes. Every pirate needs an aye patch, you know.
The pirate's shirt seems to get smaller and smaller as his stomach gets larger and larger. Details such as this are signs of a good match between author and illustrator. Five stars!
Anyway--despite that I think that this book is a fun choice that will especially appeal to boys and I will be adding it to my elementary school library.
This book is just goofy, and completely ridiculous but still a fun little read. It is just amazing what this pirate swallows though the course of the book. I won't spoil the surprise for anyone who wants to give it a read.
I gave this three stars because my son loved it and I had a good time reading it to him. I read different parts in different funny voices that cause both my son and my wife to laugh out loud while I read. The story is a bit dull but then again, I'm an adult reviewing a kids book. Lets just say this is no Curious George. The book itself is more like a 2 start review, but we had fun and it was worth the .99$ I paid for it. So three stars it is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute book! My son is 2.5 and he really likes it. I think it's very repetitive so it's tough to read and keep his attention even with animation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beckyhaynes28
Very cute book and perfect for the family or child who loves pirates!Published 3 months ago by Yak26
Fun series. Tried one and had to get the rest of the series. They are all similar but you get a different version based on the main character.Published 3 months ago by Vicky Courtright
the kids didn't like the flow i had to work hard to get them in to itPublished 3 months ago by teetei
What a hoot! I love that my 5 year old grandson loves this as much as I love reading it to him, and he loves hearing it over and over again. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karen