I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Celloby Barbara S. Garriel, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
He's shy, a wallflower. He's the man at the side of the room listening to a duet for cello and viola. Even now you wouldn't notice him. But our shy fellow suddenly has an urge to swallow a cello, which is precisely what he does. And he doesn't stop there. He follows it with a harp, a sax, and a fiddle. On and on he goes, trying to
He's shy, a wallflower. He's the man at the side of the room listening to a duet for cello and viola. Even now you wouldn't notice him. But our shy fellow suddenly has an urge to swallow a cello, which is precisely what he does. And he doesn't stop there. He follows it with a harp, a sax, and a fiddle. On and on he goes, trying to satisfy his voracious appetite for musical instruments. A strange diet, you say? It's the perfect diet for a strange fellow, a strange, shy fellow.
Barbara S. Garriel lives in Bayville, New York. This is her first book.
John O'Brien is also the author and illustrator of Mother Hubbard's Christmas, which Booklist calls "a yuk-filled read-aloud." He lives in Delran, New Jersey.
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- Highlights Press
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- 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Barbara Garriel has written songs and published 14 non-fiction and fiction books for elementary and middle school readers, and resource manuals for teachers. Using her background as an educator, and her gift for storytelling, she inspires students to share her enthusiasm for language, music, and nature. Barbara earned a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University and a master's degree from Teachers College of Columbia University.
John O'Brien has illustrated more than ninety books. His cartoons appear in The New Yorker and other publications. He is the only banjo- and concertina-playing children's book illustrator who is also senior lieutenant in the North Wildwood, New Jersey, Beach Patrol. He lives in Delran, New Jersey.
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Just a glance at the title tells you this is going to be a fun book.....and it is. Colorful, outrageous illustrations by the imaginative John Gabriel joyfully partner with the rhyming text. There is a fellow, a music lover who suffers from severe shyness. He has gone to hear a duet by a cello and a viola when suddenly he feels an irresistible urge to swallow the cello - and he does. Preposterous? Not in the mind of Barbara S. Garriel. Think what swallowing a cello would do to a person's figure let alone his or her digestive tract. You'll have to see these wacky illustrations to get an idea. Now, as if swallowing a cello weren't enough this timid soul follows that feat by ingesting a harp, a sax, a fiddle, a cymbal, a kazoo, and a bell. The fellow has become a veritable one man band. Obviously, no one can spend the rest of his life with these instruments inside. What's the solution? The answer is a very funny surprise.