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There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog Hardcover – March 1, 2010

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 420 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761455809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761455806
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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A friend sent us a copy of "There was a coyote who swallowed a flea" by the same author & illustrator and it became a fast favorite. I like having this one in digital format (I bought the Kindle version) so I can read it to my 4 year old on the go. The artwork is fantastic, the story is cute and catchy, and my daughter likes to chime in with the words she's memorized or can predict according to the illustrations. We love it!
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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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Perfect read for a family that just vacationed in Guatemala. Would be good for a family with small children that visited the Mayan ruins in Mexico too! We all really loved this book, maybe the adults most of all.
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My 4 year old son, who is very smart, has not been interested in too many books. However, we stumbled on another one of these books "There was an old mummy who swallowed a spider"...and my son fell in love! This book is just as good! It is cute how the author incorporates all the different things for the monkey to swallow. Definitely a good night time read :)
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My 6-year-old grandson thinks this is the best book ever. He is sure to say the, "what a hog!" part at the end of each section. At the end he insists on reading the final couple of lines, too. The pictures are colorful and interesting. I like the introduction to some jungle animals not ordinarily mentioned.
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