The Fly

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Candlewick Press (MA)
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9.1 X 9.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Petr Horacek has created numerous picture books for children, including Animal Opposites, One Spotted Giraffe, Silly Suzy Goose, and Strawberries Are Red. Born in Czechoslovakia, he now lives in England.


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.
--Kirkus Reviews

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.
--Literacy Daily

The best readaloud picture book of 2015.
--Betsy Bird, A Fuse 8 Production

Readers get to be a fly on the wall.
--Publishers Weekly