Mini-Review: There Was an Old Sailor

By Claire Saxby
Published on March 1st 2014
Published by Kids Can Press
Source: Netgalley
In this nautical update on the familiar childhood rhyme "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," an old sailor swallows a krill, which makes him ill, so he swallows a jellyfish to catch the krill, and a feeding frenzy begins! Young readers will love the cumulative rhyme, and grown-ups will appreciate the fresh take on an old favorite.

This book is quite the update on “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”! The illustrations are beautiful, the rhyme catchy, and the story unique. But, eww, talk about gag reflex just thinking about the sailor swallowing all of those sea creatures! 

It’s kinda gross, but maybe Saxby’s target audience likes that. ;-)

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