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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Hardcover – August 26, 2009

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"A mysteriously popular subject for picture books, ''the old lady who swallowed a fly'' has never looked creepier or more inviting than in this striking book shaped like a slim tie-box. Two eyes at the top peer through plastic-covered spectacles, and as the story reaches the inevitable outcome...they suddenly shut--a wonderful comic effect that may cause squeals of delight."

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"[D]elightful....This is one of my favorite rhymes..."

BOLOGNARAGAZZI AWARD, WINNER, OPERA PRIMA
, This book is a testament to Jeremy Holmes genuine devotion to books and the making of books, to the world of libraries and the value of their content. His work carries numerous allusions that the expert eye will pick up on and point out to young readers. The book is a consistent typographical delight that ranges from humorous, surreal 19th century references to the imaginary world of Alice, Holmes willing accomplice, in an exercise that makes learning fun.

About the Author

Jeremy Holmes is an author, illustrator, designer and director of his own creative studio. His work has been displayed in various exhibitions and publications, including SI's Original Art Exhibition, Communication Arts Design and Illustration annuals, American Illustration annuals, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Book Show, best of show for 3x3s Picture Book exhibition, and his first book, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, garnered the prestigious Opera Prima award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1St Edition edition (August 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811867935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811867931
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 13.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the packaging, to the illustrations, this book is wonderful for both children and adults who collect and treasure beautiful books. The construction of book is very creative and interactive - from the slip cover that serves as the woman's coat, to the peekaboo eyes and the surprise that happens when you turn the last page of the book. The illustrations are extremely detailed and the illustrations for something as ordinary as a spider are very original and beautiful. I bought this to be a Christmas gift but now I will need to buy another copy because I just can't part with this.
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By Clairia on September 15, 2009
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Buy this book even if you don't have a kid. The illustrations are incredible and the book itself is genius! Looks cool just as a piece of art.
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I bought this book for my husband for his birthday. I thought he'd enjoy reading it to our son--or just enjoy having it. We'd seen it online a few weeks earlier, and just had to have it. I love the way you turn the pages in her stomach (the book is divided into thirds--head, stomach and legs) and the creepy illustration style is perfect for this twisted story. We especially love the page where all of the poor spider's shoes are floating around in the old lady's stomach.
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I got this book for my granddaughter, who is 4. I loved the book - but she hated it! She said it was scary and that I should put it away and never read it again. I will put it away for now and take it out when she is a bit older. I would definitely recommend it for older kids...I guess 4 is too young - at least for some.
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I love this book. The layout is so different! If you can, view the "Look Inside" option. Of all the books I have, this is the most unique. It's mostly more of a "slip" and "slide" book rather than a pop-up book.
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This is a very cute book. Only the center part opens up and I wish it had been a bit bigger. But my children at school loved it and look through it constantly. With each animal there are little extras, (like spider eyeballs hanging from the beak of the bird who ate the spider), and the children really love looking for the clues in each.
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Got this for my new grandson. He is now 7 months old and loves how this book looks. The colors are attractive. He loves listening to it be read. My daughter has several books in this title, but she loves this one the most.
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By Anna on April 29, 2013
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For some reason I started trying to remember the words to this rhyme that we used to sing when I was little in school. I found this book and read it and loved how it captured each part of this famous rhyme.
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