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Diary of a Fly Hardcover – August 21, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060001569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060001568
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—A young fly documents many everyday situations in her diary, from fitting in on the first day of school to having trouble with the babysitter, in this book (HarperCollins, 2007) by Doreen Cronin. Fly has 327 brothers and sisters and must learn things like landing on moving targets. Fly wants to be a superhero, but she's worried that she isn't special enough. Worm and Spider, Fly's friends, help her learn that "the world needs all kinds of heroes." This humorous tale includes lots of amazing facts about flies. Illustrator Harry Bliss narrates the characters with appropriately high-pitched voices. All of the text in the illustrations and on the end papers is also narrated, including the dialogue in the comics Fly is reading. Subtle sound effects and occasional music enhance the telling. Youngsters will adore Bliss's detailed, humorous illustrations. Young readers will love this imaginative recreation of a fly's world with a human twist.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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“Cronin’s spot-on humor and Bliss’s uproarious ink-and-watercolor panels make Fly, and this third outing in the series, both irresistible and undeniably super.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“The attention to detail (flies sitting on thumbtack seats at a toothpaste-box table in the cafeteria, Fly in her time-out is just glowing eyes on a two-page black spread) and a lively layout that has a comic-book vibe are sure to appeal. Hilarious.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

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My son loves this book, He likes to sit up and read it in his bed at night before going to bed.
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These "Diary" books are laugh-out-loud funny, the stories are great but it's the ILLUSTRATIONS!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on August 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 6-year-old son has the first two books in this "series" ("Diary of a Worm" and "Diary of a Spider") and they have been among his favorites for quite a while. We can now add this to the list - it's not *quite* as fun as the others, but it certainly comes close!

Fly is friends with Worm and Spider, and as with the other books, all three are often seen together. Fly is learning how to "be a fly", with some ups and downs along the way (She isn't so thrilled with the idea of the food chain...). She also wants to be a superhero, though she is told that she is not cut out for the job. The illustrations are as superb as the other books, and there are several scientific facts that sneak in to the story. Keen observers will have fun picking out all the details in the artwork!

A must-read, and a welcome addition to any children's library!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jake on August 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Too few children books written today have any significant teaching or learning lessons. This one does. Science teachers, children and adults will love it.

The illustrations and wit cross generations. Gotta get the set.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on August 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fly is a bug with lots to learn. Flies must fly, so Fly's school has teaches her how to... fly! Between school time and help from her friends Worm and Spider, Fly learns all about her strengths, and how she fits into her world.

Even if you're bugged by flies, they have a place. This cute storybook teaches children in what ways flies are remarkable, but without a preachy, textbook-style tone. In her diary, Fly shares what she's learned in the form of silly happenings.

From a ladybug babysitter to flying lessons by the clothesline, this is a cute book that will appeal to children from late preschool through mid-elementary.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer
on 08/16/2007

4.5-Books on WUAT = 5-Stars on Amazon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Whatevermom on December 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My first grade class has enjoyed the entire series of these books and can't wait for more. We began with Diary of a Worm, after we got a class worm farm. Then I purchased Diary of a Spider. They laughed even harder. Finally, Diary of a Fly. They loved it too. My class has good readers this year and great senses of humor. These books would be appropriate for 1-4 grade.
I also bought the finger puppets and put them in our drama center. The kids re-read the books and act out the story with the puppets. Great literacy activity!Diary of a Worm & Friends Finger Puppet Playset
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Thornburg on December 11, 2007
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Great story that has mad this series part of our library. Both my boys could listen and/or read this story every night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earring Lady on November 9, 2007
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This book is one of my 5 year old's favorites. We purchased this book because we already had Diary of a Worm. This is a cute, humorous book that gives the fly's perspective of each day, such as her worries about the first day of school. The illustrations are adorable!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David J. Gannon on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for the child of a friend and it was a huge hit. The book is creative in it's conception and the lay out. The laughs start even before you get to the story--the "photo's" on the inside cover and page liner give you an early taste of what's to come.

The illustrations are consistently great and colorful. Some of the language may require some explanation (the first entry is for the first day of school as the fly nervously asks "what if I'm the only one who eats regurgitated food?" (I mean, how many 4 year olds are going to be able to fly along with regurgitated without explanation?) But the explanations, I'm told, are part of the fun. (The fly need not have worried--it turns out all the flies eat regurgitated food.)

From visits with relatives caught between windows and screens, to the delights of a spilled ice cream cone as a "favorite food", this book is a complete hoot from the beginning to the end. Not a false step anywhere on the way.

Give both your child and yourself a treat and spend a few days in this fly's world!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By By the Window At Work on November 28, 2007
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The story is being told by a fly as if he really were sharing his own life story. It makes it interesting! Soo MUCH that my daughters, ages 6 and 8, love reading it over and over. In fact, my daughters were the ones that begged me to purchase this book for them, and they also wanted the other ones, such as: Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, etc. They learn as they read, because it's subtly educational!!
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