Remember the song, “There was an old woman who swallowed a fly?” This book, There was an old monster!, is a twist on the familiar version, trading the old woman and fly for monsters, bats, and other creepy critters. This book is a great way to engage children in a familiar story with a new, exciting twist. Since the words align with a tune, this book is a fun way to engage readers by singing and reading together! The repetitive nature and consistent rhythm of the song can help young readers to feel confident in their ability to read and comprehend.

Published 2009, Orchard Books