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Hi! Fly Guy Hardcover – September 1, 2005

4.8 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews
Book 1 of 15 in the Fly Guy Series

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A 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 childs name, Buzz. Although his parents and the judges feel at first that a fly is only a pest, not a pet, the insect puts on a performance that astounds them all and wins an award. The cartoon illustrations showing characters with exaggerated wide eyes are delightful, but the text is somewhat weak and disjointed.–Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
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HI! FLY GUY
Author: Arnold, Tedd

Review Date: JULY 15, 2005
Publisher:Cartwheel/Scholastic
Pages: 32
Price (hardback): $5.99
Publication Date: 9/1/2005 0:00:00
ISBN: 0-439-63903-4
ISBN (hardback): 0-439-63903-4
Category: CHILDREN'S
Pest—or Pet? A fly changes some minds in this diminutive tale—first, 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)

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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 swatter—until 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.)
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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 2–A 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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439639034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439639033
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My children and I all love `Fly Guy'. [They are boy and girl: 4 and 6 years-old). They love the wacky drawings and the endearing plot, and I love that this is going to be a great reader for both of them in the near future.

"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 -

something tasty,

something slimy.

A boy went walking.

He was looking for

something to catch -

something smart,

something for

The Amazing Pet Show.
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My son is just getting the hang of reading. We have read many of the Hillert and Capuccilli books with great enjoyment. As I was walking through the book store I saw this book. We have enjoyed many of Tedd Arnold's books together through the years. I was thrilled when I opened this one up and saw that it would be perfect and fun practice reading for my son. At first he was skeptical that he would be able to read it alone but after the first couple pages he was reading and giggling along.

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.
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A lot of the reviews mention little boys and how much they love this book but I wanted parents to know some little girls would love it too. My daughter loves fun stories and she doesn't think everything has to be pink or princesses. If that sounds like your little girl then don't hesitate to give on the Fly Guy books a try. We have read several of them and enjoyed them all. The art is very unique and fun looking and the stories are very engaging.
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A Kid's Review on April 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Hi my name is Wyatt I am 8 you shod by hi fly guy. because it is grate book because a boy catches him then he got first place ay the pet show and you shod read it is grate .
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Format: Hardcover
Books for beginning readers often lack a compelling narrative thread or lively characterization as a result of their limited length and vocabulary. HI, FLY GUY! is the exception to the rule. With 4 or few lines per page, this 4-"chapter" book introduces a conflict (Will Buzz be able to enter his new pet in a local contest?) which is resolved by the end of the book. Characters, including the pet fly, develop over the course of the story. And the inclusion of gross elements (i.e., flies like rotten, smelly stuff) and the male protagonist make this is great "boy" book. 2006 Geisel Award Winner.
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My 6 year old son has been struggling to read and I have been looking everywhere for a series of books that will make him want to read. He loves these Fly Guy stories and he laughs every time he reads them. This is the first in the series and I gave it to him for Christmas. It is really nice to see him find a book that he actually likes to read. He can read the whole story without troubles, he had to ask what a few words were the first time through but now reads it to himself.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
My first grader had had this 2 days and he has read it out loud to us and his friend half a dozen times. It has given him a big confidence boost in his reading ability. He even wants to take the book into class so HE can read out loud to them, amazing. It is a funny cute story with adorable illustrations, we want more Fly Guy and Buzz stuff!! Best spent $5.99 this week.
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I volunteer at our local school reading one on one with children. The Fly Guy series have been a huge success and the kids love reading them on my Kindle. They are entertaining and colorfully illustrated. There's nothing like a struggling 5th grader asking you, "do you have any more of those FLY GUY books?"
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