There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

It’s no secret how this story ends. You’ve heard it a million times. But have you ever seen look this remarkable?

Jeremy Holmes is the graphic designer behind this book, and it’s so much fun to hold.

It’s tall and thin, so even before you get to the story, you are already experiencing this book in such a fresh way. This book showcases many elements of design beautifully, but I would consider size one of the highlights because it is so immediately striking.

The middle third of the book contains the pages of the story, so the entire story is framed by the little old lady’s spindly stocking feet and all knowing eyes. And again, you know how her story ends, right? At the close of the last page, her eyes shut as well. Kinda ingenious.

Jeremy Holmes’ collages are both warm and kooky thanks to his textures and color palette. His imagination tells a familiar story in a fresh way. And it’s just plain fun to hold this book, turn the pages, and even laugh at her untimely end.

Love the shout out on the back cover to book design as well as illustration!

{This trailer is a tad slow and perhaps even creepy, but it’s a really lovely look at some of Holmes’ illustrations in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.}


  • Posted February 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    This is fascinating! Absolutely wonderful design and a fabulous new feel for the story. I’m in love!

  • Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Eye catching and sort of creepy looking. Maybe a good read for Halloween.

  • Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    HA! Get it…EYE-catching?! (whomp, whomp…)

  • Posted March 6, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I remember loving this book as a child. I forgot all about this book until you jogged my memory. The video did have a tragic end. :+) Never did make it to Grandma’s house poor fly. ;+/ What a Great Blog you have here!

  • Posted July 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Carter! I was doing a Google search for There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (for some research for a manuscript) and your review came up on the first page!!!!!
    Great review, as always. I love the art! I will have to check this out the next library visit!

  • Posted July 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    That’s so hilarious!