Tuesday, February 9, 2016

there was an old lady who gobbled a skink - a bookwrap

I have such a quirky, fun book to review for you this morning.  It is a wonderful twist on an old favourite that I am sure you will recognize immediately.  Enjoy...this is a fabulous one!


Authored by Tamera Will Wissinger

Illustrated by Ana Bermejo

Ages 3-6

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to peek at...

My Review...

This fun tale will have kids laughing and asking "one more time please!'  A comedic twist on the classic nursery rhyme "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. "  Kids will jump in to shout out the refrain..."Perhaps she'll sink,"  when it appears after each of the old woman's silly capers.  

A grey-haired, pudgy fisherwoman with her signature red hat begins the story by downing a skink.  Now why she would decide to scarf a lizard is beyond me but how offbeat is that?  She proceeds to gulp a bobber, some fishing line, a fishing pole, a pail, a net, an oar and even her boat.  Oh my, no wonder she is sweating profusely... grave indigestion can bring the sweats on for sure.  

Each time she swallows something new there is always the chance that this one might be the very one that does her in and she will sink to bottom of the foamy brine. But no, miraculously she is still afloat much to her and the reader's surprise. But then she reaches for something that proves to be her demise.  After she ingests her last unthinkable snack she is taken down and submerged hook, line and sinker... and sink her it does! 

The illustrations are colourful, playful and sure to please both young and old alike.  They become more detailed as the story progresses and the expressions on the old lady's face are hilarious.   Written in rhyme, it's a book you will be delighted to tackle and one which I highly recommend. Once you have read it you will be hooked.

About the author...

Tamera Will Wissinger is an up-and-coming poet and children’s author. Wissinger has a master’s degree in writing and is the author of two books for young people: Gone Fishing (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children) and This Old Band (Sky Pony Press). Wissinger lives with her husband in Vero Beach, Florida.

About the illustrator...

Ana Bermejo grew up in the north of Spain. She studied art in Valencia--home of paella--and particularly enjoyed drawing goats, unicorns, and deer during her five years of university. She continued her art education at Saint Martin’s in London. She currently lives in west London, England, where there aren’t any goats, deer, or unicorns, but there are plenty of squirrels--and they are nice to draw, too.

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