Tiny Little Fly


My, oh my! An elusive fly stirs up some mighty beasts in this witty tale for the very young, from a British Children?s Laureate and a talented new Irish illustrator.

When Tiny Little Fly sees great big toes (and lands on a great big nose), the poor elephant tries?tramp, crush, tramp?but can?t catch it. Off flies the fly! The teasing insect easily misses the rhino?s roll, squash, roll and the tiger?s swat, swoop, snatch too. Michael Rosen?s simple language is a joy to read aloud,...

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My, oh my! An elusive fly stirs up some mighty beasts in this witty tale for the very young, from a British Children’s Laureate and a talented new Irish illustrator.

When Tiny Little Fly sees great big toes (and lands on a great big nose), the poor elephant tries—tramp, crush, tramp—but can’t catch it. Off flies the fly! The teasing insect easily misses the rhino’s roll, squash, roll and the tiger’s swat, swoop, snatch too. Michael Rosen’s simple language is a joy to read aloud, while Kevin Waldron’s whimsical images match his playful rhythm beat for beat, offering a fly’s-eye view of each favorite animal before revealing the energized creature in full. How will this gently suspenseful adventure end? Fly, fly, fly!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Brief, deftly crafted rhymes take Fly on an adventure. When he lands on Great Big Elephant's nose, he flies off before being trampled. Next Great Big Hippo determines to catch Fly on his ear, "But off flies the fly." Then the bold fly settles on a Great Big Tiger's claws. Despite the "SWOOP! SNATCH! SWOOP" the fly flies off again. A double foldout repeats the failure of the big creatures. Then the tricky Tiny Little Fly "winks one eye" and bids them all good-bye. Large double pages are barely big enough to contain these huge creatures. The naturalistic pencil illustrations are painted in gouache and digitally enhanced. They require no contextual details to impress us with the animals' heft and ineptness in catching the tiny insect. The repetitions add to the fun; the varying type sizes make an effective part of the page design. The ornamental orange floral end pages include the fly, who spins around an almost empty page before doing arabesques across the title pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A spare rhyming text and vivid illustrations tell the story of a fly that stirs up a whole mess of trouble. First it lands on elephant's trunk and ends up eye-to-eye with the great gray beast. Elephant is just about to catch it when, after a "TRAMP! CRUSH! TRAMP!" it flies off. The next landing place is Hippo's ear, and the hippo decides to catch it. But no matter how quickly he squashes and rolls, the little fly is airborne once more. Lastly, the fly decides that the tiger's paw is the place to be, but readers will know by now that it will once more get away from even the most fearsome creature. The dynamic illustrations stretch across pages and convey the action, movement, and emotion of the story with minimal detail. From the jacket depicting the tiger and the fly across the front and back covers, to the four-page foldout showing the fly leaving the animals in the mud, readers will want to hold the book and examine the stunning pencil and gouache illustrations closely. Pair this with Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug (HarperCollins, 1977) or Eric Rohmann's My Friend Rabbit (Millbrook, 2002) for a guaranteed participatory and unforgettable storytime.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763646813
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 715,355
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rosen, a recent British Children’s Laureate, has written many acclaimed books for children, including WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and I’M NUMBER ONE and THIS IS OUR HOUSE, both illustrated by Bob Graham. Michael Rosen lives in London.

Kevin Waldron is an emerging illustrator from Dublin, Ireland, whose first picture book was MR. PEEK AND THE MISUNDERSTANDING AT THE ZOO. He divides his time between New York and London.

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