- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (May 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076367480X
- ISBN-13: 978-0763674809
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fly Hardcover – May 12, 2015
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PreS-Gr 2—Poor Fly just can't catch a break. Even though he's just a normal housefly, people don't like him in the house. No matter where he goes or what he does, everyone wants to swat him. "Flap!" Through humorous text ("After breakfast, I do my exercises—156 times around the lamp keeps me fit!") and bright mixed-media illustrations, including several pages that cleverly serve as a flip-the-flap fly swatter, this will be a sure hit with the preschool crowd. Pair this with Lydia Monks's Aaaarrgghh! Spider! (HMH, 2004) for a fun-filled storytime about sympathetic creepy crawlies. VERDICT A great companion title for fans of Tedd Arnold's "Fly Guy" books (Scholastic).—Jessica Marie, Salem Public Library, OR
Horácek's fly's-eye view of a misunderstood insect's life will be a nifty read at storytime or one-on-one ... it's definitely buzz-worthy.
Cleverly cut-out swatters make this an interactive book of a different sort. In the end, the reader has a moral decision of her own—to close the book and squash the fly or to carefully read it again. I would read it again.
Pair this with Lydia Monks’s Aaaarrgghh! Spider! (HMH, 2004) for a fun-filled storytime about sympathetic creepy crawlies.
—School Library Journal
The fly’s- eye vantage point is deftly conveyed, particularly the topsy-turvy scene in which the fly addresses viewers from the ceiling, while the boy seems suspended from the floor...This Hobson’s choice will undoubtedly delight more sanguinary readers.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Several pages feature die-cut fly swatters which, when combined with other clever elements of perspective and tone, make this book highly interactive and entertaining.
The best readaloud picture book of 2015.
—Betsy Bird, A Fuse 8 Production
Readers get to be a fly on the wall.
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Author Petr Horacek shares a creative story young readers will enjoy. Thick pages make for a sturdy read. Simplistic and colorful illustrations show readers the adventure that is this flies life. Some illustrations and sentencing are upside down giving the reader an idea of what a fly might see. It also makes reading the story more interactive. Some pages are even the shape of the giant fly swatter. Parents and teachers will love the idea of the story along with the simple sentence structure. This is a great tool for any beginner reader, as well as, a great read-aloud.