Review: There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish

2PIRATE-coverTitle: There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Fish
Author/Illustrator:  Jennifer Ward and Steve Gray
Publisher: Two Lions; $16.99
Publication Date: 2012
Format:  Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0761461968
For ages: 3-6
Type: Picture Book

There was an old pirate…who swallowed a fish, a bird, a map, some gold, and even a whole pirate ship! Yo ho ho! Watch the pirate’s belly grow!

This humorous take on the tale “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is always a hit during preschool storytime. I read this story in my “pirate voice”  which always has the kids giggling. Steve Gray, the illustrator, uses bright pictures to tell this animated story. Each page the pirates expression is visible through his eyes and growing belly. A perfect read for a pirate themed storytime.

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