The Fly Flew In

Overview

A fly enters a concert hall and causes a commotion among audience and performers alike in this laugh-out-loud-funny and easy-to-read picture book.

In the wake of a fly's flight, a wig flips, eyeglasses fall, and a lollipop is launched. Musicians BANG and BOOM as they try to get that fly! All fail, and the chaos culminates when an overzealous singer, fly-swatter in hand, leaps off the stage. The audience applauds enthusiastically for the ...

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Overview

A fly enters a concert hall and causes a commotion among audience and performers alike in this laugh-out-loud-funny and easy-to-read picture book.

In the wake of a fly's flight, a wig flips, eyeglasses fall, and a lollipop is launched. Musicians BANG and BOOM as they try to get that fly! All fail, and the chaos culminates when an overzealous singer, fly-swatter in hand, leaps off the stage. The audience applauds enthusiastically for the greatest display of showmanship they have ever seen.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Using the simplest, most succinct language printed in large type for easy reading, Catrow tells an amusing tale of a fly who "flew in." It flies on and off the nose of an usher in a theater. It goes past a waiting line of spectators, annoys some folks in their seats, and is swatted off along with a lollypop by an alert mom. As it flies by the orchestra, whose members try to catch it, chaos ensues. Finally, it flies out an exit to the "Bye, fly!" of the delighted audience. The silly journey is related as a stimulus for Catrow's outlandish visuals. They start on the cover with the inventively designed fly perched on the top of an elaborated ice cream cone. Then the major fun begins as we observe the caricatured patrons and musicians futilely chasing the fly. Exaggerated gestures and lively use of watercolors and ink create a series of action-filled scenes of epic proportions until, on the back cover, we follow the winged hero out the exit as the usher watches anxiously. The fun here makes a fine addition to the "I like to read" series. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Catrow's outrageously funny caricatures steal the show in this simple story of a fly that wreaks havoc with audience, orchestra, and singers during an opera performance. Landing on elongated noses, inside ears, atop crazy hairdos, and on sticky lollipops, the fly eludes everyone's efforts to be rid of it. Instead of eliminating the pest, these finely dressed people lose composure, as heads and hands are mistakenly struck by crashing cymbals and pounding drumsticks. And when the fly finally departs, it is due to none of their clownish efforts. Repetitive words and extremely short sentences make this tale accessible for the newest readers. While Catrow respectfully appeals to young patrons of the arts by including them in his audience, there are many children who will require some introduction to the orchestra and to the conventions and formalities that, once upended, give this story its wonderful humor.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A frolicsome fly disrupts a fancy concert. Catrow is in fine form as his fly flits from the nose of a fancifully costumed usher to formally dressed members of the audience and from the orchestra pit to the stage. He--the fly, that is--flies on and off noses. Humans flick him off, and he flips. He flies by cymbals, violins and Wagnerian singers and finally flies out of the theater to thunderous applause, but only after creating much mayhem. The text is short, repetitive, filled with sound effects, and good fun to read aloud. It will certainly appeal to emerging readers and adults fond of the letter F. The publisher has designated the book as part of its I Like to Read series, reading level C. Catrow's familiar watercolor-and-ink full-page paintings are screamingly funny. Intense hues of greens and blues and wildly exaggerated comical faces add fuel to the fracas. "Get that fly! Boom!" Have fun with this fly. (Early reader. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823429097
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/14/2013
  • Series: I Like to Read Book Series
  • Sales rank: 402,975
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Catrow pays homage to the slapstick films of the last century with masterfully rendered artwork and an understated text that has a music of its own.

David Catrow has illustrated many best-selling and highly regarded picture books. This is his first book for Holiday House.

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