Megan’s Book du Jour 7/24/09

There Was An Old Monster! by Rebecca, Adrian, and Ed Emberley, Ages 2-6

g1062_therewasanol_4ccWe all know the old lady who swallowed a fly. But have you met the monster who swallowed a tick? In this rollicking adventure, a very silly old monster gulps down not only a tick, but also some ants, a lizard, a bat, a jackal, and even a bear! Set in the same rhyme scheme as its classic predecessor, this new picture book breathes riotous life into a childhood favorite.

Beloved author and illustrator Ed Emberley is joined by daughter Rebecca and granddaughter Adrian in the creation of this fantastical adventure. Brightly colored collage pieces set against a black background are used to form engagingly silly illustrations, while the zany rhyme keeps the story moving, always returning to a familiar refrain: “‘Cause man those ants had him dancing in his pants.” If you’re in doubt of the tune, the book also includes the option to download the song online. This is an excellent tale to share at storytime, especially if you’re looking for an exciting, fast-paced read to share with your own little monster!

There Was An Old Monster!, Rebecca, Adrian, and Ed Emberley, pub. July 2009, Orchard Books

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Keep up the good reading!

–Miss Megan


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