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There Was an Old Monster!by Rebecca Emberley
Synopses & Reviews
A brand-new monster twist--by a Caldecott medalist and his daughter!
There was an old monster who swallowed a tick
I don't know why he swallowed that tick
'Cause it made him feel sick!
When he swallowed some ants, he danced in his pants. He swallowed a lizard, a bat, a jackal, and a bear. Then he tried to swallow a lion . . . ROAR!--Now that monster is no more! Children will laugh along with the funny text, bright bold illustrations, and delightful song (available on the Scholastic website).
"Another Emberley gets into the book-creating act with this takeoff on the cumulative song, 'There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly,' which features jaunty rhymes yet an intermittently bumpy rhythm. Songwriter Adrian, Rebecca's daughter and Ed's granddaughter, collaborated on the music (the song will be available for download from Scholastic's Web site). The splotchy purple monster's initial snack — a tick — doesn't agree with him ('I don't know why/ he swallowed the tick/ 'cause it made him feel sick'), and the ants he ingests to catch the tick 'had him dancing in his pants.' After downing a lizard, bat, jackal and bear, the monster feels 'like he was dyin',' so he tries to swallow a lion — an attempt that doesn't end well. Stylized computer-scanned collage art amplifies the narrative's inanity, portraying the monster (and the accumulating contents of his belly) with electric hues against a black background. Timid readers may find the wild-eyed monster and sharp-toothed lion scary, but most will hone their sense of schadenfreude on the creature's exaggerated discomfort and find this creepy, crawly fun. Ages 3 — 5. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley teams up with his daughter, Rebecca, and her daughter, Adrian, for this laugh-out-loud monstrous yet rhythmic take on the old favorite, There Was an Old Woman. Full color.
About the Author
REBECCA EMBERLEY is a bestselling creator of many books for children, including THERE WAS AN OLD MONSTER, CHICKEN LITTLE, THE RED HEN, Piñata, and a series of bilingual English/Spanish books. She lives on the east coast, when not traveling the world, finding inspiration in even the smallest of places.
Adrian Emberley is a performing songwriter with The Adrian Emberley Band. Her musical style is a combination of pop, rock, jazz, and folk music. Adrian is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
ED EMBERLEY is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than 75 books for children, including There Was an Old Monster, Chicken Little and Go Away, Big Green Monster! His numerous awards include a Caldecott Medal, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Caldecott Honor, and Art Books for Children Citation. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
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