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Hi! Fly Guy Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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HI! FLY GUY
Author: Arnold, Tedd
Review Date: JULY 15, 2005
Price (hardback): $5.99
Publication Date: 9/1/2005 0:00:00
ISBN (hardback): 0-439-63903-4
Pestor Pet? A fly changes some minds in this diminutive talefirst, by astounding the lad who captures him in a jar ("BUZZ!" "You know my name! You are the smartest pet in the world!"), then, thanks to some fancy flying, by convincing the lad's parents and ultimately even the judges of the Amazing Pet Show that he's more than just a nuisance. A pop-eyed, self-confident mite in Arnold's droll cartoon illustrations, Fly Guy's up to any challenge, whether it be eating a hot dog (well, most of it, anyway), or performing amazing aerial acrobatics; readers drawn by the flashy foil cover will stick around to applaud this unusually capable critter. Any similarity to Ezra Jack Keats's Pet Show! (1972) is surely coincidental. (Picture book. 6-8)
Hi! Fly Guy
Tedd Arnold. Scholastic/Cartwheel, $5.99 (32p) ISBN 0-439-63903-4
A fly went flying," opens Arnold's (Parts) brief, playful tale, structured in three chapters. At the same time, "A boy went walking." The winged fellow is looking for food and the boy is searching for a critter for the upcoming Amazing Pet Show. The two equally and comically bug-eyed beings meet when the fly collides with the human hero's nose ("boink") and the lad captures it in a glass jar. After the infuriated insect stomps his foot and says, "Buzz!" the amazed boy replies, "You know my name! You are the smartest pet in the world!" Buzz shows his new pet, which he names Fly Guy, to his parents; his father announces that flies are pests and grabs a swatteruntil the sly fly lands on Buzz's nose and calls him by name. In one of the book's funniest pictures, Fly Guy is dwarfed by the hot dog Buzz places in his jar, most of which he happily consumes. Though the pet show judges tell Buzz that flies don't qualify as pets, Fly Guy rises to the occasion and wows the judges with various feats, clinching the prize for smartest pet. Suitably wacky cartoon art accompanies the text, which is simple enough for beginning readers ready to soar to a chapter-book format. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
A fly out flying encounters a boy out looking for a pet, and it's a match made in early-reader heaven
. The fly apparently knows the boy's name-Buzz-which endears the insect to his new master (and his
skeptical parents). Buzz takes Fly Guy, as he's named his new pet, to the Amazing Pet Show, where
clever Fly Guy wins over doubting judges with his ability to say his master's name and perform tricks
. The story ends pretty abruptly, but this is aimed squarely at an audience with only slightly more
reading stamina than the common housefly anyway; the controlled vocabulary (with a few more
challenging words thrown in) and frequent repetition add to the ease of access. The look is edgy
, especially the cover's motion-effect iridescent graphics, with the interior art sporting Arnold's
trademark bulbous-eyed caricatures textured with hairy squiggles; Buzz, who has the stocky solidity of
a trash can, is actually rather more taciturn than the hyper-expressive Fly Guy, whose antics steal the
show. Novice readers, particularly those unmoved by cuddlier stories, will welcome the doriy wit of
this oddball-pet saga. DS
SLJ ARNOLD, Tedd. Hi! Fly Guy! illus. by author. 30p. CIP. Scholastic/Cartwheel. 2005. Tr $5.99. ISBN 0-439-63903-4. LC 2004020553.
K-Gr 2A boy goes out searching for a smart animal to take to The Amazing Pet Show” and bumps into a fly that is intelligent enough to say the child's name, Buzz.” Although his parents and the jud
Top Customer Reviews
"Hi! Fly Guy" begins with a boy's search for the ultimate pet to take with him to 'The Amazing Pet Show'. Against all odds he decides on a fly. Why? Because his name is Buzz and when the fly "stomped his foot and said - BUZZ!"... well you can see where this is going.
In any case, some great silliness ensues and Buzz manages to convince not only his parents but the judges at the pet contest that they ought to at least consider the notion that a fly can be a pet.
Five Stars. Great story that doesn't talk down to children. Good Read-aloud. This book can be a great early reader. The vocabulary is fairly simple, and the number of words per page is not high (ranging from 2 to about 20 words per page). In addition, the concept of chapters is introduced, although the whole book is small. An example of text from the first 5 pages of the book follows so you can judge for yourself.
A fly went flying.
He was looking
for something to eat -
A boy went walking.
He was looking for
something to catch -
The Amazing Pet Show.
Since his first reading he has wanted to share this book with others. I would highly reccommend this as a fun book to make reading enjoyable for those who are just getting into the swing of it.
These are really short chapter books and are best for kids that either have short attention spans (like mine) or like to feel an immediate sense of accomplishment. The chapters each have about 15-25 words and there are 3-5 chapters in each story. This means that he can read a whole book in 10 -15 minutes and then move on to something else.
I am really hoping that these will be the gateway books to a love of reading for my son and so far they seem to be working as intended.