There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

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An old favorite as you've never seen it before!

Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who's ever seen what's going on inside the old lady's stomach? With this inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Tabak gives us a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem.

 

About Simms Taback

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Simms Taback grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cooper Union. He has worked as an art director and a graphic designer, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracause University. He has illustrated many children's books, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Viking), Spacy Riddles, Snakey Riddles, Buggy Riddles, and Fishy Riddles (all written by Katy Hall and lIsa Eisenberg, Dial). His work has won many awards, including the Caldecott Honor Award Medal for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. A father of three and grandfather of three, Mr. Taback lives with his wife in Willow, New York copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
 
Published September 1, 1997 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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A die-cut hole approach to an old favorite that offers a view of the old lady's stomach and its expanding bestiary.

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Publishers Weekly

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In Taback's (Joseph Had a Little Overcoat) ingenious take on the cumulative tale, there's a die-cut hole where the old lady's stomach should be, so the audience can see where everything she swallows e

Sep 01 1997 | Read Full Review of There Was an Old Lady Who Swa...

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The gleefully dizzy mood is intensified by Taback's use of black hand-lettered words set in blocks of bright colors laid atop orange or black backgrounds, and occasionally sprinkled with collage images (whose sources range from old field guides to the Wall Street Journal).

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Our favourite parts are the alternative rhymes offered by the glum-looking animals who've yet to be swallowed about the latest one to make its way into the floating, growing crowd inside the old lady - "I hope it's a lie," says the dog, after the demise of the cat, "And she had a frog on the sly"...

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The Bookbag

Summary: One of the most manic picture books around, the Simms Taback version of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly is a gloriously busy book with a wonderful blending of the traditional and the surreal.

Nov 22 2012 | Read Full Review of There Was an Old Lady Who Swa...

Common Sense Media

The cut-out pages focus the reader's attention and carry the poem from page to page.

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The cut-out pages focus the reader's attention and carry the poem from page to page.

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