I Saw Anaconda by Jane Clarke

I Saw Anaconda

Written by Jane Clarke
Illustrated by Emma Dodd

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   Books for Boys   
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Jane Clarke and Emma Dodd have enormous fun reinventing the story of the old woman who swallowed a flea, transposing the setting to the Amazon jungle and replacing the old woman with an anaconda! The list of creatures swallowed is much more exotic and interesting too: a tick, a skink, a frog, a piranha (its toothy grin did not alarm her!), and finally the narrator. A series of increasingly elaborate flaps and pop ups enable readers to watch the progress of the animals inside the snake until in a final splendid scene the anaconda is sick and they are freed! The text is a joy, the illustrations too, and lift-the-flap doesn’t get any better than this. ~ Andrea Reece

The Editor at Nosy Crow says: “Have you ever wondered just how many animals one snake could swallow? This may not be the most scientifically accurate account, but it’s a hilarious imagining of a pretty wild scenario. And as it gets more and more squished inside the anaconda, there’s only one way things are going to end… With loads of icky, boysy humour, you’re sure to go ‘bleugh’. Giggles guaranteed.”


I Saw Anaconda by Jane Clarke

This romping, rhyming novelty book is full of odd animals and yucky flap reveals. One little boy watches as ALL SORTS of animals are swallowed up by a very hungry anaconda. But if that anaconda swallows a boy, an alligator, a stork, a piranha, a frog, a skink AND a tick, the question is ...will she be sick? (Spoiler alert - yes!)

About the Author

Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke on Jane Clarke:

I live in Kent with my two Labradors, Bramble and Amber. The dogs love to swim in the sea, so I burn a lot of perfumed candles to stop our house from smelling of damp dog.

Thanks to my Mum and Dad, I had a very happy childhood in the English Midlands. Dad attached a trapeze to the branch of a tree in our garden, and my friends and I spent a lot of time hanging upside down pretending to be acrobats. There were always pets – mice, hamster, and guinea pigs, cats and dogs. For a long time, I thought my dog was my brother. My bedroom was stuffed full of fossils and shells.

My ideas come from my family and pets, my friends and their families, and from school. I often lose all track of time when I’m writing. Amber and Bramble have learned to bring me their leads, to remind me to take them out for a walk.

Most of my stories and poems are funny, because I love to laugh, but sometimes I write about sad things. The saddest thing in my life is my husband’s death. Martin was a lovely man, a great husband and Dad. Andy and Rob are now at university and Martin lives on in them, in our hearts, and in our happy memories.

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Nosy Crow Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2016




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