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There's a hole in the log on the bottom of the lake

There is a hole in the log on the bottom of the lake.

There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
Title:
There's a hole in the log on the bottom of the lake
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Abstract:
An adaptation of the traditional folk song, "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea," with additional repetition and tongue twisters. Includes sheet music.

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Summary

Summary

Some know it as "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea." Loren Long's wife, Tracy, grew up with a midwestern father who used to sing a version in which the sea was recast as a lake (it being the midwest, after all). And boy did he love that song, turning long car trips into a mixture of torture and delight with verse after verse. Call it whatever you want - this classic children's song invites laughter and audience participation; the sillier the lyrics, the better.A cumulative text featuring repetition and tongue-twisters combine with gorgeous illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long for a book kids will clamor for at storytime. Endpapers will contain sheet music for the song.


Author Notes

Loren Long received a BA in graphic design/art studio from the University of Kentucky and did graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.

His first picture book, Angela Johnson's I Dream of Trains, won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration. He has illustrated numerous other works including The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna, Toy Boat by Randall DeSeve which won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award for Children's Picture Book, Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt, and the chapter book series Sluggers that he created with Phil Bildner. His version of Walt Whitman's When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer was a Golden Kite Honor Book. He has written and illustrated several books including Drummer Boy and the Otis series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In the oft-sung, cumulative classic children's song, Long portrays the main character as an innocent-eyed, but sometimes goofy frog surrounded by his watery habitat. The illustrations are a great strength of this book. The charming artwork adds comedy to the song and creates a demand for repeated readings. Dark green hues dominate the illustrations created in acrylic and colored pencil. The art fills each page and will show well in a storytime presentation with larger groups. Unique to this rendition is the addition of a tiny snail and a small turtle who contribute their own comic relief. They provide side comments about the major action in the story-"There's a log? There's a log!" (as the turtle sarcastically retorts, "It's just a piece of rotten wood."). Music is appended. VERDICT Refresh musical and storytime collections with this old favorite that has been updated with delightful images.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this illustrated adaptation of the popular song by the same title, Long (Love) adds excitement to the well-known lyrics with delightfully detailed, bold illustrations. Building itself with repeating, ever-growing lines, the tune-cum-tale introduces readers to a frog who lives in a log on the bottom of a lake, as well as to a fly on the frog, a gnat on the fly, and a fish that happens upon them all. Long adds a second narrative to the repeating lyrics: a turtle and snail appear throughout, observing the scene on each page as the turtle comments on the song's lyrics and the duo's situation. While peering into the hole in the log, the turtle loses his balance, calling out a plea to the snail: "Dial 911! Turtle on its back! Emergency! Turtle freaking out!" In Long's recognizable style, shades of green give depth and texture to the underwater scene. One to visit again and again, this updated version of an old favorite is appended with sheet music and a breakdown of the song by verse ("For some reason, I have the urge to take guitar lessons," says the turtle, tucked in beneath the lyrics). Ages 4-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.