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Aug 08 2013

There was an old lady who swallowed a mozzie by P. Crumble and Louis Shea

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Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9781742838526.
(Age: 2-6) Recommended. The front cover of There was an old lady who swallowed a mozzie presents a 3D surprise for the reader; as the book is tilted the old lady opens her mouth and swallows the mozzie. This re-release of a favourite Aussie rhyme follows the much-loved format of There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
The old lady's adventures take her racing through the quintessential outback chasing a rosella, a dingo and a kangaroo until she swallows the crocodile, with unfortunate but predictable consequences. Each page ends with the cry of 'She's gotta be Aussie'. Louis Shea's vibrant cartoon illustrations add a great comic element that enhances the simple text. The audience or class will love seeing the inside of her stomach with the juices splashing, the echidna sandwich dripping with sauce and the old lady chasing the kangaroo on a pogo stick. This is a great read-aloud that encourages young readers from 2-6 years of age to participate with the accumulative text.
Rhyllis Bignell

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