Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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
Illustrated by John O'Brien

"He's SHY, a wallflower. He's the man at the side of the room listening to a duet for cello and viola. Even now you wouldn't notice him. But our shy fellow suddenly has an urge to swallow a cello, which is precisely what he does. And he doesn't stop there. He follows it with a harp, a sax, and a fiddle. On and on he goes, trying to satisfy his voracious appetite for musical instruments."

What an absolutely funny book! This book begins with...

I don't know why he swallowed a cello
Perhaps he'll bellow."

The pictures and text are fun and engaging! What a brilliantly clever book! I just couldn't put this book down. As our hero swallows instruments, left and right... his body takes on the shape of the instrument. Imagine having the body of a harp.........or a sax... or a fidddle.. or a cymbal...or a flute... or a kazoo... a bell... and a petite cascabel...
I wouldn't recommend trying this at home boys and girls...... Just read along and enjoy the musical ride!

What do you think happened to our hero after he swallowed all of those instruments?

He belched and he burped, he turned shades of yellow.
It seemed he was doomed, that very shy fellow.
He weaved and he wallowed, he stomped and he yelled.

You will have to read the book for the rest of the story!

This book uses poetry and rhyme and happy, fun colors and pictures! It is easy to read and follow. The text reinforces each instrument that our hero has swallowed so this will help with cognitive development through recall and memorization. 

This musically fun book is perfect for story time. If you can have some of the instruments on display all the better. However, this book is a fun read all by itself... You won't be able to put this book down! It will have you all roaring with laughter for many days to follow! Children of all ages and adults will enjoy this must read!

I recommend this book for all home, school, and public libraries. You can have a contest to "guess the instruments!"I recommend that you visit your local library and check out this musical treasure! You won't be disappointed!

Until the next time............
Happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A children's book a day, keeps the scary monster away!

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