I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello

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5 to 8
2 to 3
Trim Size:
9" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-946-9
Full-color illustrations

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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. A strange diet, you say? It's the perfect diet for a strange fellow, a strange, shy fellow.

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Barbara Garriel

Barbara Garriel has written songs and published 14 non-fiction and fiction books for elementary and middle school readers, and resource manuals for teachers. Using her background as an educator, and her gift for storytelling, she inspires students to share her enthusiasm for language, music, and nature. Barbara earned a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University and a master's degree from Teachers College of Columbia University.

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John O'Brien

John O’Brien has illustrated more than one hundred children’s books, including Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library. He has also contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1987. He lives in Delran, New Jersey, and winters in Miami, Florida. Visit johnobrienillustrator.com

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