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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold: A Review

Everybody loves a good children’s book. And when we find one that is really amusing, funny, and whimsical, it sticks to us and is something that we don’t easily forget. That is exactly what There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold is.  This creative and unique take on a well-known classic is something that is well loved by children and adults alike.


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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy is one of the books in Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series. It is also one of Z.E.N.’s favorite Fly Guy book.  The story starts with Buzz and his pet fly, Fly Guy, who have gone to visit Buzz’s Grandma. While Buzz is in the process of introducing his pet to Grandma, Fly Guy accidentally gets knocked down Grandma’s throat and into her stomach. The real fun starts to happen when Grandma starts swallowing different animals to take care of Fly Guy, such as a cat, a dog, a goat, and even a horse! As it starts to get cramped in Grandma’s stomach, Fly Guy’s journey is to find the way out and back to his master, Buzz.

Unique Twist to a Classic

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy is a unique and refreshing twist to the classic tale of the old lady who swallowed a fly. The great thing about taking a spin on a story so well known is that is sure to be a great hit with kids. The story that they all loved is taken anew, though the familiarity of the characters is still there. Also, the story is so cleverly written that it is sure to have the kids rolling on the floor with laughter. In fact, Z.E.N. always cracks up when I read it to him.  This also makes for a great afternoon story for your kids, or something that teachers can read to the class during storytelling hour.

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Expressive and Entertaining Illustrations

Tedd Arnold has done a fantastic job of providing illustrations that make the book complete. The fun and expressive characters that Tedd provides in his book make the story come to life and allow children to explore their imaginations further as they go about reading the story. The crazy bug eyed characters that the children see in the book, add to the hilarity of the story.  I myself chuckled a couple of times when I read the story!

A Great Book for Kids

If you want kids to love reading, this book is a great choice to get them on that path. Fun and imaginative characters combined with a great and unique story make for a book that they will surely not forget.

About the Author

Tedd Arnold is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, with over 60 book titles under his belt. His Fly Guy series has been much loved by many children all over the country. He is a two-time winner of the ALA’s Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for Hi! Fly Guy and more recently, I Spy Fly Guy, two equally entertaining books.

Product Details:

      • Reading level: Ages 4 and up
      • Hardcover: 32 pages
      • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (September 1, 2007)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0439639069

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "


  • My kids have the I Spy Fly Guy and my son loves to have his sisters read him that book. I didn’t know there was a whole series of these books. Looks like I may have to do some more book shopping soon =)

  • I love books that take a new look at classics like this. Right now we’re working through Disney versions of old fairly tales (Daisylocks and the Three Bears tonight).

    • Daisylocks and The Three Bears tonight both sound interesting. I’ll have to check them out.

  • I think my kids would love this book. I still remember singing “There was an old woman who swallowed a fly!” I loved that song! You also have NO idea how bad I want to finish singing the entire song RIGHT HERE lol!