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There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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Ahoy there, me hearties! This is a fun new take on “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” The colorful and zany cartoon art does a phenomenal job of capturing the absurdity and hilarity of this outrageous spin-off. A harum-scarum old pirate encounters misfortune at sea as he ingests one unpalatable item after another. From a whole fish to a chest of gold to a large ship, these unappetizing items lead to the untimely demise of this sea-worn picaroon. The text is engaging and melodic. Boys and girls alike will love to sing each comical new verse. Anticipation builds as each item introduced grows larger and larger and children eagerly await the dramatic ending. The digitally created illustrations are boldly colorful and delightful. Children will linger on each page, not wanting to miss any details. Although many collections contain numerous versions of this tale, this one is modern and highly appealing. The cumulative and repetitive nature of the story is great for actively involving the youngest readers/listeners.–School Library Journal
About the Author
Jennifer Ward is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including The Busy Tree, There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog, and There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed a Pea. Her books have received such honors as the Giverny Award for Best Children's Science Picture Book, the Growing Young Readers' Book Award, the American Booksellers Association "Book Sense Pick of the Lists", a Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice Award for Best Children's Picture Book, a Parents' Choice Award, a Governor's First Grade Book Selection for the states of New Jersey and Arizona, a Barnes & Noble Author of the Month two years in a row, and a Grand Canyon Reader's Award winner and honors recipient, among others. A former educator, Jennifer now writes full time from her home in the Midwest. Learn more: www.jenniferwardbooks.com
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
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I'm not thrilled with this purchase and can't really recommend the book. I will probably return this book. Two stars for the great illustrations.
Edit 5/9/17 - I got part of this review very wrong, while I still don't like the book my grandson has decided it is hysterical. He has asked me to read it to him everyday and he had it memorized by the third or forth reading. Every time we read the book he commented on different scenes played out in the pictures, the guy who lost his gold to the plundering pirate and the sharks waiting for the pirate to fall from the mast were two favorites. After he asked me to read it to him for the second time I asked if he wanted me to return it and he could pick out another book. No way! He wanted to keep this book. Any book that is so loved deserves more than two stars, so I'll give it one more but I can't go any higher for a book with such a weak ending.
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.