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Hi! Fly Guy (Fly Guy Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Hi! Fly Guy (Fly Guy Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Tedd Arnold

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Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.


Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.

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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 - 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.
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
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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Turtleback Books
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Fly Guy Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Hi, Fly Guy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Grandma-3boys More than 1 year ago
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.
mleeklein More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My niece has already read and reread this book. It was absolutely a great choice.
prncskarin More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book for little readers
ClaireWilPratt More than 1 year ago
read it its amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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KinderReader More than 1 year ago
I liked the book because Buzz caught the fly. The fly is funny. You should read this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
these books have help with my grandsons reading and are so much fun to read together.OUTSTANDING!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Was the bst book i have ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My six year old absolutely loves the Fly Guy Series & I have to admit so do I !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved it
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I have a really really really importi,aint question to ask you !!!!!! ! Hi