Accelerated Reader Program Selection
“As an enthusiast of fractured tales and a big fan of Johnette’s songs and stories, I give Johnette’s new book a big ten thumbs up. Her funny and surprising version gives a new twist to an old favorite. It is ‘kidtastic!’ Read it.”
—Ann L. Davis, head of children’s services, Napa City-County Library, Napa, California
“Johnette Downing knows the child’s mind and the child’s heart deeply. Her reshaping of the classic tale and her striking illustrations are documentation of her brilliant visitations into those places where the child’s imagination resides.”
—Darrell Bourque, Louisiana poet laureate 2009-2011
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly . . . Young readers will love hearing about the fly and all the other creepy-crawly bugs the old lady gulps down in this fanciful feast. With a taste for slugs, the old lady enjoys a poached roach, a squirmy worm, a wiggly spider, and more during the course of the tale. And a surprise ending reveals that this isn’t just any old lady.
Accompanied by Johnette Downing’s signature colorful collage illustrations, this good and gross tale pops off the page with its fun, musical language and whimsical look at the insect food chain.
About the Author/Illustrator
Johnette Downing is an award-winning, internationally recognized singer/songwriter. Her many accolades include six Parents’ Choice Awards, three iParenting Media Awards, and an Imagination Award, among others. In addition to being the author of Today Is Monday in Louisiana, Today Is Monday in Texas, Chef Creole, and Down in Louisiana, she wrote and illustrated Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud and My Aunt Came Back from Lousiane, all available from Pelican. When she’s not traveling the globe sharing her Louisiana heritage with children of all ages she lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED SOME BUGS
Adapted and Illustrated by Johnette Downing
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
20 color illus.