From the Publisher
"[D]elightful....This is one of my favorite rhymes..."
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."
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.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The traditional cumulative song/rhyme about the voracious old lady becomes the text of a small book seemingly imbedded as the central part of a tall, rectangular lady inside the slipcase of her coat. Each sturdy page turned reveals the next swallowed item. In the middle third of the construction, surrealistic decorated images of her diet appear with the text, all created in neutral tans and grays in elaborate brown frames, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS. A double page must be unfolded to include a most peculiar cow whose eyes peer out at us through holes before the unfolding. When the last page is turned and, "She died, of course," her eyes, which have been staring at us through spectacles on the top, close. This version of the classic stimulates both amusement and careful contemplation. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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.
The New York Times
The old lady in this smart reimagining could have been designed by Dada artists: her eerie, bespectacled eyes peer at readers from atop this tall, narrow-format book and her skin is made from an antique map. To access the story, readers must remove a slipcover (which functions as her coat): appropriately enough, the darkly humorous story takes place in her midsection. Holmes delights in showing the animals' grisly successes at dispatching their predecessors (the bird sent to catch the spider dangles three of the arachnid's eyes from its mouth, but ends up a roast dinner for the cat on the next page). As expected, the old lady doesn't make it through the ordeal: her eyes close as the final page turns. A stylishly macabre treasure. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)\