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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Illustrated by Rashin
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A fresh and feisty take on a beloved classic!

We all remember the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a cat, a dog, a cow, and a horse. Now we know how she did it! Rashin’s colorful and comedic illustrations take you from midgulp to midbelly as the animals are swallowed whole. Her devoted cat tries to help: “Stop!” “Don’t eat it.” “Try this!” But when the old lady grabs the cat it’s every beast for itself. “Eat the dog!” And when the old lady cheers: “Catch it!”— the critters leap into action to catch the one that was swallowed before. 

A spirited and funny read-aloud.
School Library Journal

The star of this show is the rainbow-scarved black kitty with his outsize personality that jumps off every page.


About The Illustrator

Rashin Kheiriyeh was born in Iran and now lives in Washington, DC. She is one of the most outstanding young Iranian illustrators working today. She has been awarded the Golden Apple of Bratislava and was selected for the 2013 Bologna Book Fair Illustrators Exhibit and a 2014 IBBY Honor. Among her many books are Two Parrots, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor—her first books published in the United States.

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (May 5, 2020)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735841932
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Colorful, quirky illustrations combined with hilarious speech bubbles will make this new version of the traditional story/song appealing to children... A spirited and funny read-aloud."

– School Library Journal

"What’s new here is, of course, the fabulously hilarious colorful facelift. Sure, the eponymous old lady is still really old (although her skin care regimen is definitely working for her!), but the real star of this show is her rainbow-scarved black kitty with his outsize personality that jumps off every page...

Kitty suggests antacid instead of adding another wriggler, but the old lady is too busy yelling “Catch it!” to the growing menagerie in her expanding tummy. With barely a pause between gulps, the old lady definitely has some stored-up superhuman energy – she’s determined to chase down that dog, cow, horse! But no worries – a happy (enough) ending awaits all. Most especially, we readers, who will surely be “Yay!”-ing, “Hee!”-ing, “Neigh!”-ing right along."

– BookDragon

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