Wednesday, September 23, 2015

There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider


There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider
by Jennifer Ward
Illustrated by Steve Gray
Two Lions, 2015. Picture Book

Jennifer Ward and Steve Gray have collaborated to bring children several wacky stories about people who swallow interesting things.  This latest comes just in time for Halloween.  The hungry Mummy swallows a spider, a rat, and a crow.  Each time he has to "open wider" as progressively larger Halloween characters distend the mummy's growing belly. Where will it end?  Gray's colorful cartoonish illustrations add even more fun to the already silly story.  The lively illustrations and short repetitive text makes this a great choice for a group read-aloud.

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