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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

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There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...a bird...a cat...a dog...a snake...a cow...and a horse. Do you know what happened to her? Of course you do! But with his distinct art style and a clever format, acclaimed graphic designer Jeremy Holmes has given the universal rhyme a unique makeover that is clever, funny, and unexpected.

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Overview

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...a bird...a cat...a dog...a snake...a cow...and a horse. Do you know what happened to her? Of course you do! But with his distinct art style and a clever format, acclaimed graphic designer Jeremy Holmes has given the universal rhyme a unique makeover that is clever, funny, and unexpected.

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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.

BOINGBOING
"[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."

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
Julie Just
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
Publishers Weekly
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.)\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811867931
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/26/2009
  • Pages: 18
  • Sales rank: 775,819
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 12.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Holmes is a designer and director of his own design studio, Mutt Ink. He has had his work recognized in various design publications, including Print and How, and his work, "The Bird, the Mouse, and the Sausage," was a finalist in the Flash Forward Film Festival and was featured in I.D. magazine.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Memories!

    My son is 36 and I have retired and am moving away to another state. This is the song he always wanted me to sing when he was little. I am giving it to him to have a "bit" of the past in the present. Also it is the most AMAZING adaptation of the song - the book is a delight for young and old alike. I got an extra copy to keep on my coffee table!

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