Fly Guy #1: Hi, Fly Guy! [NOOK Book]

Overview

From bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold, creator of PARTS and GREEN WILMA, comes the hilarious FLY GUY! It's easy to read and it comes with a shiny foil cover!

"A fly was flying. He was looking for something to eat. Something tasty. Something slimy. A boy was walking. He was looking for something to catch. Something smart. Something for The Amazing Pet Show."

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Overview

From bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold, creator of PARTS and GREEN WILMA, comes the hilarious FLY GUY! It's easy to read and it comes with a shiny foil cover!

"A fly was flying. He was looking for something to eat. Something tasty. Something slimy. A boy was walking. He was looking for something to catch. Something smart. Something for The Amazing Pet Show."

The boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun. With an eye-catching holographic cover. This is the first in a series of four.

When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathy Leggett
Fly Guy is looking for something to eat. A boy is looking for something to catch. Boy and fly collide, and a friendship begins. The boy's parents are sure that flies cannot be pets because they are pests. But this is not just any fly. This fly is so smart. He knows the boy's name: Buzz! Buzz convinces his parents that the fly can be his pet, and by the third chapter they are off to the amazing pet show. There, they are told again that flies are pests, not pets. With the help of Fly Guy, the judges are indeed amazed. It must be the smartest pet of a boy named Buzz. Written for developing readers, this level 2 book has only 250-750 words. It is an engaging, fun, silly story; it is the kind that will keep young listeners rolling with laughter and asking to hear it over and over again. Early readers will be aided with the large font, extra spacing and traditional print, and they will be excited by the early chapter book format. It is a book sure to fly right off the shelves. Fly Guy and Buzz will be around for years to come. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Who says a fly cannot be a pet? Buzz knows better, and he sets out to prove it when he captures a fly for The Amazing Pet Show. At first, the fly was not too happy, but when Buzz's dad decides to dispatch him, the fly heads right for his buddy Buzz. He even gets a name—Fly Guy. The judges at the pet contest are just as incredulous, but Buzz and Fly Guy prove them wrong—even winning a prize! Arnold's amusing flight of fancy is illustrated with plenty of humor. Fly Guy and Buzz are both bug-eyed cartoon characters. Kids should enjoy this Level 1 early reader in the "Scholastic reader" series.
School Library Journal
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 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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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
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)

Kirkus
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.)
BCCB
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

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
In three chapters we are introduced to both, Buzz and his pet fly, Fly Guy. They have an amazing relationship of trust and talent. Many would say that a fly cannot be a pet. In fact, when Buzz tries to enter his pet fly in the Amazing Pet Show, the judges try to disqualify him, saying that a fly is a pest not a pet. Buzz has heard this before from his father. Undaunted a friendship has begun and it cannot be denied that Fly Guy is incredibly smart, as well as talented. Seriously, how many flies can say the name of their human? Who is to say that a young boy cannot befriend a fly and who is to say that a fly can't enjoy the friendship of a young boy. This is a beginning book for a series of adventures between these two friends and a wonderful jumping off point for a story that is illustrated as big and fun. My favorite picture is when Buzz has captured Fly Guy in a jar and boy-o-boy, is Fly Guy mad—there are such great facial expressions for these two characters. An accompanying CD of the story being read by MacLeod Andrews brings the characters to life. Plus, you get the bonus fun of a Fly Guy song. An additional track has an interview with the writer, Tedd Arnold which explains how he got the idea for the story and how he got started in the world of children's books. It makes you think twice about shooing a fly out of the house, especially if your name is Buzz. Think of it this way, you do not have to ever change its litter box or take it for a walk. A fly just might be the perfect companion. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545666459
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Series: Fly Guy Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 148,676
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Tedd Arnold

Tedd Arnold is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Fly Guy series and the illustrator of more than 60 books, including DETECTIVE BLUE. He has received Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for HI! FLY GUY and I SPY FLY GUY! Tedd lives with his wife, Carol, in upstate New York.
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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Highly recommended as a beginning book for boys

    My 5 yr. old grandsons agree; Fly Guy is the greatest character ever and his relationship with BUZZ is one that brings laughter and will have you reading this book over and over again.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    My 5 yr. old son and 2 1/2 yr. old daughter LOVE this series!

    I bought our first Fly Guy book at a book fair my son to read aloud to his class at school. He reads it every day to our daughter too, who loves the illustrations. I am now buying every book in the series! Very entertaining for beginning readers, and my son loves that the book is broken up into chapters.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Great Book!

    My son asked for this for Christmas and he just loves it! It's a very cute book and is easy for him to read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    loved it

    read it its amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    You just have to cheer on the Underdog (or Fly)

    First heard about the series at the Scholastic Book Fair at my daughter's school and thought about it and decided to get it cause once my daughter heard how her principal enjoys it she thought it had to be good. Bought and now we have two of the four of the series. My daughter wants to hear it again and again now more than ever and she's 6 years old. WOW! She even tries to do the voices herself! Gotta love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Cute and whimsical

    My niece has already read and reread this book. It was absolutely a great choice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Funny!

    I liked the book because Buzz caught the fly. The fly is funny. You should read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    If you're looking for a fun great book then check this out. I am a new grandmother and I read this book to my six month old grandaughter and she just loves them they make her laugh when I make the voices of the fly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    This Book Is Outstanding !!!

    My six year old absolutely loves the Fly Guy Series & I have to admit so do I !!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    Perfect

    these books have help with my grandsons reading and are so much fun to read together.OUTSTANDING!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2007

    Popular in school library!

    The whole 'Fly Guy' series is very popular with my daughter's 1st grade class. Our fabulous school librarian reads each new 'Fly Guy' book, and the kids hang on every word. They are great fun!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    FUN

    I got this book for my 6 year old son and he relly liked it and I like it too. The pictures are great and so is the story. We will be getting the other Fly Guy books too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Loved it

    Was the bst book i have ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2006

    score one for the fly

    I wasn't sure but my 3 1/2 year old son loves this book. It must be the fly's antics (zooming around in crazy patterns and into outerspace.) We read this over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Fly guy books

    It is the best book for little readers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    I really loved it

    I really loved it

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