Flies can be very persistent when they want to be and very much a nuisance. This is the story of a little mouse that tries all kinds of antics to stop a pesky fly from bothering him, including hiding in a flowerpot and spraying the fly with a hose. But nothing the little mouse does seems to work. This picture book, with its bright colors, rollicking rhymes and humorous illustrations, shows just how far we can go (and how silly we can be) to try to defeat a tiny fly. Endorsed by Weekly Reader, this book comes complete with its own sheet music and 13 verses for a sing-along. This is fun, imaginative and adventurous, all rolled into one. 2000, Gareth Stevens, $21.27. Ages 3 to 5. Reviewer: Sheree Van Vreede
PreS-Gr 1-Take a perky song, extend it, surround it with effervescent illustrations, and you have a winner. An intrepid little mouse spends quite a while fighting a very persistent fly. At the end of the battle of wits, both youngsters are lovingly tucked into bed by their respective parents. The illustrations are sure to delight as familiar household items figure in the skirmish. When rather traditional mouse parents tuck in their wee child, observant readers will enjoy the sponge-and-crayon bed and cork hobbyhorse. The music and words to all of the verses are included on the last page. Any library with Trapani fans will want a copy of Shoo Fly and those who haven't tried her previous adaptations could start with this one.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.