There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant

“There once was a cowpoke who swallowed an ant—
A fiery thing with a Texas-sized sting.
The cowpoke panted, and his voice got higher.
‘Yippie-ti-yay! My stomach’s on fire!!'”

In this Texas-styled reworking of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” a cowboy downs a variety of native Southwest creatures—a spider, a roadrunner, a lizard, an armadillo, a snake, a boar, and more—all to catch that ant! Another hilarious and vividly illustrated tale from the team behind Senorita Gordita and The Three Little Gators.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.50"
  • 9780807578506
  • March 2014

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  • May 2015

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  • Ketteman and Terry have lassoed the perfect combination of comedic language and art, making this new spin on an old tale worthy of a resounding “Yee-haw!”

    - School Library Journal

  • It’s a romping, regional retelling that introduces new animals to boot.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Terry’s larger-than-life, humorous illustrations connect with the verse, with hilarious results…Ketteman has another winner!

    - Library Media Connection


Will Terry

Common Core

RL.K.1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.1.1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 4.8