There Was An Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Looking for a new read aloud? One that’s absurd—sure to make kids laugh? Look no further. But what’s truly special about this book is its design and illustrations. The cover gives the reader a hint.

The giant’s stomach is a die-cut hole, filled with goodies.

And as we open the book and read the first spread, we see the verse beginning to accumulate on the left hand page while the giant’s stomach grows larger with each page turn. It’s truly an ingenious design.

There was an old giant who swallowed a clock.

He had such a shock when he swallowed that clock!

Tick-tock,

Tick-tock.

There was an old giant who swallowed his knitting.

All in one sitting he swallowed his knitting!

He swallowed his knitting to muffle the clock.

He had such a shock when he swallowed that clock!

Tick-tock,

Tick-tock.

There was an old giant who swallowed a moth!

That fluttered and flapped and gobbled up cloth.

He swallowed the moth to munch through the knitting.

All in one sitting he swallowed his knitting!…

The wonderfully silly lyrics highlight the items that end up in this giant’s stomach. As a read aloud, it will surely be a crowd pleaser. And for older kids, it  would be fun and interesting to see them write, draw, and cut out their own cumulative tales once they’ve chewed on this dose of illustration inspiration.

Title: There Was An Old Giant Who Swallowed A Clock

Author: Becky Davies

Illustrator: Elina Ellis

Publisher: Little Tiger Press  2018, first published in Great Britain

Age Group: Preschool – 2nd grade

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