Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
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."
"[D]elightful....This is one of my favorite rhymes..."
About 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.