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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060001569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060001568
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Biblioholic Beth TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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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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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

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my granddaughter is afraid of flies. i am not kidding. she totally freaks out when there is a fly in the house. we had previewed this book from our local library. she requested this book for her birthday. now that she knows more about flies and that they won't actually hurt you, she finds them interesting now. the pictures are wonderful for the young reader.
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My son and I have all three of these books and he loves them all. This one has a more "girlie" character, the fly, but my son still likes it. He likes the diary feel or scrapbook like feel that these books all have. The fun bug facts included are also cool. I would definitely recommend this book.
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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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I bought this for my daughter. She is a relectant reader, but this book has sparked her interest. She even requested that I buy the other books by this author! The illistrations are great and the story is cute.
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This picture book will intrigue curious eight-year-old readers once they figure out what regurgitated means. That’s the age that will appreciate the facts that are aptly illustrated. Their teachers will love the book when teaching science units.

Kudos to the illustrator who can draw flies with a multitude of personalities. Kids will find lots to keep their attention as they study each new page. Librarians who add this to their children’s book collection will find it soon worn out because kids enjoy it and ponder its pages over and over.
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