Book Review: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

Today’s Thanksgiving book review is I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson. Here’s what it’s about:

I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry.

And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

“Jackson draws on some traditional Thanksgiving foods to give a familiar rhyme new zing. Schachner’s exuberant, cartoon-style illustrations . . . catch the comedy splendidly!” (Booklist)

This book made me laugh and laugh and laugh some more. Based on “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” one of my favorite all time rhymes, made it easy to love this book. The illustrations by Judith Byron Schachner also made it easy. I loved that the old lady grew and grew fatter as she swallowed more of the Thanksgiving feast. And I felt a little sorry for the rest of the family that she didn’t leave any food for anyone else. I can tell already that this will be one of my favorites this month.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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