Everybody knows the classic children’s song/poem, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, where an old woman swallows progressively larger animals in order for them to catch the previously swallowed animal. Now there is a picture story series of a similar scope available, with a uniquely Australian twist. P. Crumble has teamed up with illustrator Louis Shea to so far produce six books in the series, featuring a purple-haired old woman and a bushy-bearded old man. The funny antics of this old lady and bloke are sure to keep young Aussie kids amused…
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Mozzie
The first in the series, this book is guaranteed to make children gasp in delight as they watch the little old lady lure in each of the wild Australian animals (to swallow the previously swallowed animal). Children will equally love the inside view of the old lady’s stomach, as each of the animals jostle for room amidst the slime of her gut. Not for the squeamish (spew is involved in this tale), this story is a great introduction to the old Aussie lady with an enormous appetite.
There Was An Old Bloke Who Swallowed A Chook
Following in a similar vein to the ‘Mozzie’ book, this one is all about a tubby, one-toothed, white-bearded old bloke. He originally swallows a chook and then progresses through a selection of Australian animals, a camel, and finally, a ute. Once again, the human insides are illustrated in all their glory, until the final moment, when a typically male action sees all the creatures evacuated from his stomach.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Thong
When the old lady heads to the seaside, nothing is safe from her humungous appetite! Not just content with eating a rubber thong, she steals a prawn off the barbie, entraps a seagull with a strategically placed hot chip and even dives far into the ocean to catch a wussy octopus. But after swallowing all these animals and a whole lot more, what will be the creature that makes her expel the contents of her stomach?
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Star!
Released in time for Christmas, this story doesn’t feature as many animals as the previous books, but it more than makes up for it with the consumption of your usual Christmas paraphernalia. Nothing is left out- the tree, the stocking, the fairy lights, and even an elf are on the menu. But when she decides to entrap a reindeer, and then (of all the possibilities) Santa Claus, she finds herself in a spot of bother. Has she finally gone too far in her swallowing escapades?
There Was An Old Bloke Who Swallowed A Bunny!
While many farm animals often end up on the plates of omnivores such as ourselves, it’s not often that they are swallowed whole (and alive). That is unless, of course, you happen to be an old bloke with a serious appetite for living farm creatures. Starting with an innocent bunny (following an enticing carrot trail into the old bloke’s mouth), and ending in a fine bovine specimen, this old bloke’s hefty appetite is sure to delight children.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Meerkat
Usually a trip to the zoo is a fun learning experience for all, but when the old lady visits, the education is of the tastebuds variety. No cage or enclosure can keep the animals safe as the old lady prowls around, searching for her next snack. From a little meerkat to a large ape, from a spindly giraffe to a fierce lion- no animal is out of danger from this predatory animal-swallower.