There’s a fly buzzing by — “Snap!” Fly is eaten by Frog. Following the food chain, each creature plays its part. Frog is eaten by Duckling, and Duckling is eaten by Pike. Soon Fisherman is polishing off Pike. But is there something even bigger ready to grab Fisherman? This playful book enchants young children with the irresistible refrain of “Snap!” after every page turn, while offering a simple introduction to the concept of food chains. A deliciously wicked surprise ending wraps up this comical, vibrantly ...
There’s a fly buzzing by — “Snap!” Fly is eaten by Frog. Following the food chain, each creature plays its part. Frog is eaten by Duckling, and Duckling is eaten by Pike. Soon Fisherman is polishing off Pike. But is there something even bigger ready to grab Fisherman? This playful book enchants young children with the irresistible refrain of “Snap!” after every page turn, while offering a simple introduction to the concept of food chains. A deliciously wicked surprise ending wraps up this comical, vibrantly illustrated book.
The latest book from this British husband-and-wife team (The World Is Full of Babies) takes a comic look at the food chain. "Look! A fly buzzing by...," says the bold handwritten text, as an endearingly goofy, orange bug-eyed insect zooms across the spread. "Snap!/ Fly is in frog's belly." The frog straddles the spread while a cutaway view shows the fly inside. This repast kicks off a cumulative narrative that ends with all of the diners-which includes a duck, a pike and a full-grown fisherman-inside a bear's tummy: "Here snores the bear that swallowed the fisherman that caught the pike that ate the duckling that guzzled the frog that gobbled the fly that came buzzing by...." Manning and Granstrom supersize most of their characters; the generous sense of scale, along with bold colors and a thick, exuberant ink line give their pictures a spontaneous quality and energy. Those readers who are usually disturbed by the eat-and-be-eaten ethic of this genre will be relieved to note that every one of the characters seems well-adjusted to life inside the others' stomachs-even the fisherman looks more perplexed than miffed. Ages 3-6. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Ken Marantz
"The old lady who swallowed a fly" is a perennial favorite. This brief variation begins with a fly "buzzing by..." and a "snap!" Frog has gobbled up this fly. With another "snap," Frog is in Duckling's belly. And so the cumulative tale continues, as Pike swallows the duckling, who in turn lands in Fisherman's stomach. Then things turn a bit frightening, as with a huge "snap!" a very large bear looms in and swallows the fisherman. The next-to-last double page shows the snoring bear's body surrounding each of the other characters, one inside the other. But then the last page has another fly buzzing by, off perhaps to start another adventure. Each double-page spread is filled with vigorous, black-outlined, colored-pencil and black ink drawings. And each animal encloses drawings of what it has just snapped up. Colors are applied rather casually, with frequent scumbling, all in good fun. The minimal text seems sketched in as well, with "snaps" that are almost audible.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This short, lively story looks at the food chain, first by introducing a fly who is gobbled up by a frog, who is, in turn, guzzled by a duckling, who is, in turn, eaten by a pike, etc. As each creature is consumed by a larger one, the illustrations, likewise, become larger as the many creatures munch along with a "snap!" The comical conclusion is perfect for the younger set, but even the older kids will enjoy the drama in these pages. The bold colorful cartoons are inviting; the text is simple. Aileen Fisher's The Story Goes On (Roaring Brook, 2005) is another food-chain tale that works well, especially when used with science units.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This reinterpretation of "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" follows a cumulative, action-filled, food chain of events. First, a fly buzzes by. Snap! The fly is gulped down by a frog. Next, a duckling guzzles the frog. Snap! The duckling is then ingested by a Pike. The Pike makes a tasty meal for a fisherman, who takes a snooze. Snap! The fisherman is swallowed up by a hungry bear. As the bear takes his nap a fly buzzes by, starting the process all over again. Colorful illustrations with just the right amount of detail portray each animal in the larger one's belly, almost like a set of nesting dolls. While some may object to the inclusion of the fisherman as a snack, it adds a realistic touch, and children will likely take it in stride. The simple text and lighthearted, humorous illustrations will draw children in to this accessible example of the food chain at work, and teachers will find it a valuable classroom addition. (Picture book. 5-8)