Posted by Venus on Friday, July 1, 2016
Labels: picture book review
Illustrations by Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 3, 2016
A giant snake is gobbling up its victims at an alarming rate. What he doesn't know is that deep down in its belly, they are planning their escape.
A beautiful and modern version of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree simply rolls off the page and onto your tongue. I know how strange that sounds. The title itself feels like a mouthful, but I promise, the language in this book is somewhere between a song and a poem and it's wonderful that it is both. Berstrom has a wonderful cadence and gives the illustrator so much to work with. I loved the various surprising things the snake swallows down like a sloth, a beehive, to a single apple, which all proves to be too much for this greedy reptile. Perfect for reading aloud, this will be one of those books that kids are going to want to read over and over and over again.