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I KNOW A SHY FELLOW WHO SWALLOWED A CELLO by Barbara S. Garriel

I KNOW A SHY FELLOW WHO SWALLOWED A CELLO

By Barbara S. Garriel (Author) , John O’Brien (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-59078-043-4
Publisher: Boyds Mills

Surreal illustrations add disturbing and enjoyable vigor to this adaptation of “I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.” The shy fellow is listening to a string duet when, much to the consternation of the cellist, he swallows the cello—“perhaps he’ll bellow.” This strange gentleman, now shaped like the cello he has swallowed, follows up with the harp from an Irish dance troupe, the saxophone from a jazz band, a cowboy’s fiddle, a marching band’s cymbal, the flute from a revolutionary war piper, and a birthday party’s kazoo. With each addition to his strange meal, the shy fellow becomes more and more strangely shaped. At last he swallows the bell off a passing cat’s collar—one snack too many!—and the resulting explosion returns the instruments to the musicians in a delightfully vibrant musical blast. The dynamic line of the illustrations, full of swoops and squiggles, provides excellent accompaniment to this silly reworking of a familiar rhyme. (Picture book. 4-7)