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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucille Colandro Narrator: Skip Hinnant Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The “There Was an Old Lady” Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545279659
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This hilarious twist on the wildly popular "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" is perfect for Halloween fun!

FORMAT: Paperback book & CD
NARRATOR: Skip Hinnant

What won't this old lady swallow? This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This twist on the classic "little old lady" books will delight and entertain all young listeners and readers!

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  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Snodgrass | 2/18/2014

    " I love the "There was an Old Lady" books! They always keep mine and kids' interests alike. The pictures are great and the fact that it turns into a tongue twister is even better. I've never read the Halloween one before, and it was just as good as the rest. I will buy all of these for my future classroom and read them on different holidays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/12/2014

    " Just in time for fall, I see a new variation on an old theme. Could be fun for a story time session! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laci | 2/7/2014

    " This book was Halloween themed and it repeats itself many times about why she swallowed things. It has no point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 2/1/2014

    " Love this book for Halloween, all the books are beautifully illustrated in this series with a cute surprise at each ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly Lindsey | 1/30/2014

    " Awesome for sequencing and you could use for a fall activity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luana | 1/28/2014

    " These Old Lady books are great for sequencing. Children are to figure out the next thing that happens. It can even be used to teach cause and effect. Ideal for Pre-K - First Grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Jackson | 1/26/2014

    " This book is great for Halloween especially after a fall party when the teacher wants to calm the children down. This book is about an old lady who swallowed a bat and continued to swallow items to take care of the item she swallowed before. At the end she swallowed a wizard who made everything come out of her stomach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey Nauert | 1/26/2014

    " This is a silly book about a lady who swallows a bat. She also swallows other things, and the book is rhymes. This book is good for younger kids to work on rhyming words. This book could be read around Halloween. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/24/2014

    " My students LOVE this book! They want to read it over and over and over! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/20/2014

    " Did anyone else think the goblin rhyme was a little forced? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Carter | 1/20/2014

    " Of course this is a great book to read around Halloween. After a couple of readings, it is great to see how the children can remember the order of the objects that get swallowed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josiah | 1/19/2014

    " "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!" is based on the old song, one that has been sung and laughed with in schools for a long time. This book has a Halloween-themed twist on the song, and young readers will find it just as funny as the original tune, I believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Allen | 12/28/2013

    " I would use this book to introduce rhyming words to my class. The book list about two words for different rhyming families. I would challenge the students to come up with more rhyming words. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristy | 12/26/2013

    " Honestly, if it was possible to give this -50 stars, I would. It's that horrid. It makes no sense whatsoever, it repeats itself constantly, and it's just stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa Beal | 12/12/2013

    " This book really popped out to me at the Library. I do believe that I have heard of it before I read it. I loved it. It was very silly and told the story in kind of a sing song manner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Datoria | 12/10/2013

    " Did not really like this one. It is not like the others. iI would not use this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julee | 12/3/2013

    " Halloween read-aloud. Also good for bat units "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tierra Garr | 12/3/2013

    " I love all these books with the old lady in it. I found this one for Halloween and my kids loved it like they do the rest! The predictive texts allow the kids to catch on and start reading with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raven Grider | 11/22/2013

    " Since there are SEVERAL "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a ..." books, applying the same storyline to different areas of teaching would be easy. This book would be great to use during Halloween lessons. Sequencing is the key element focused on in this book, and the students love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 11/20/2013

    " I despise these Old Lady Swallowing books. I don't approve of cannibalism, and that is a very bad trick for Halloween. I would normally let whimsical things pass in children's books, but I can not for any reason, let these books slide. >_> "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/19/2013

    " This is a funny spin-off of the classic book, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/25/2012

    " Can be read aloud or sung aloud (to the tune of There Was An Old Lady). This is a fun update of a classic song with Halloween characters and artwork. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany White | 11/8/2012

    " Not my favorite Old Lady story, but it would be a good read during Halloween. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 10/28/2012

    " I really like this book and so do my Kindergarten babies! It's one of our Halloween favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Goode | 10/15/2012

    " Fun, fun, fun! Love this author's take on the "Old Lady" books. The stories always end with a cute surprise and the books are fun to sing for adults and kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshine Moore | 8/27/2012

    " Cute book for Halloween themed unit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madonna | 8/11/2012

    " I love all the Old Lady books so much that I have created my own puppet! Children love to read this story, especially around the Holloween time of year. Great for teaching rhyming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ileana Lindner | 3/3/2012

    " These are fun! There are different versions throughout the classroom sequencing books. It almost seems like there is one for almost every season! "There Was An Old Lady Books" are so much fun to read and the students really enjoy reading the new book whenever they come out! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janna | 3/3/2012

    " Halloween book, supposed to rhyme but doesn't flow that well. Still a cute idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/23/2011

    " halloween "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belise Michel | 11/15/2011

    " It is a silly book to read with children. It is a good book to use during the moth of October. It is also a great tool to introduce some sight words or some rhyming words "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lita | 10/27/2011

    " I loved this book. It is engaging and has great pictures. This story has rhyming words, so it could be used as a teaching tool for rhyming. It can also be used to make predictions. The teacher can ask students what they think the old lady will swallow next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 10/3/2011

    " The boys I really like these books so of course we had to read this one. Even at 9 and 11, it was really amusing and they enjoyed it. They even acted it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Morton | 8/25/2011

    " Children love the familiar tune and the fun with Halloween words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 7/20/2011

    " This book is very repetitive, and may become annoying if you kep reading every single story like it to the children. However, in moderation, this book is very useful. You can use it to teach children about rhyming, Halloween, fall, and even predicting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/22/2011

    " Great for beginner readers and readers that enjoy all of this set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanika | 4/17/2011

    " This is a funny story because an old lady swallowed so many items. Their is a great use of repetition in the story for children to read. It’s a good alternative to use for students who don’t celebrate Halloween and they get to see all of the fall leaves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Murlene | 4/16/2011

    " Great book to explore the fall season. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Savannah | 4/12/2011

    " A good book you could use to talk about the season of fall. The lady creates a scarecrow from the things she eats so it also could be good to read before a field trip to a farm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/7/2011

    " This fall version of the old lady who swallowed things is a great book for teaching students what they can see in the fall. Also the repetition is great, because students can read along and make predictions as to what is going to happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 4/4/2011

    " This book is good to read on fall. The old lady swallowed in the oder of leaves, pumpkin, shirt, pole, pants, rope, and hay. The objects the old lady swallowed made a scarecrow and the book end with "Fall". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 2/17/2011

    " Nice language use on the same formula, but this swallowing to sneeze it all back up into something is just to odd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sha-Quita | 2/7/2011

    " This would be a great book to read during the fall! I would read it to first-third grade! Also I could make a big prop to go along with it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/25/2011

    " This is a good book for the Fall season. some symbols in this book are: leaves, pumpkin, scarecrow. Could make a good large group prop to go along with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/25/2011

    " This book was a fun read. I can see it being a great book to teach repetition and is a great book for a unit in the fall time. I could use this book for a diverse classroom because it does not incorporate a holiday. The symbol in this book is a scarecrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/22/2011

    " A rendition of the classic song... I know an old who swallowed a fly...

    This one will work well for kindergarten - 1st grade. A rousing read aloud and song book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Puja | 1/18/2011

    " This is a great book to read to the class in the Fall time. It is a funny book about an old lady who swallows things to make a scarecrow and at the end she sneezes and everything comes out. This book is also great to read while learning about rhyming words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 12/9/2010

    " This is a great book for a fall theme. My 5 year old niece was able to read it to me because she loved it so much she memorized all the words! A neat take on an old favorite. "

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About the Narrator

Skip Hinnant is an American actor and comedian. Hinnant’s first major role was as Cathy’s boyfriend, Ted, on The Patty Duke Show from 1963 to 1965. In 1967, he played Schroeder in the original off-Broadway cast of Clark Gesner’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, where his older brother, Bill Hinnant, played Snoopy.