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Shoo, Fly Guy! (Fly Guy, No. 3) (edition 2006)
by Ted Arnold (Author)
Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold
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I really don't like the "fly guy" books. I can appreciate kids' gross-out humor, and books about bugs and so forth. But these just don't do it for me. The illustrations are not pleasurable, the characters are annoying, and not much about the stories recommend themselves. ( )
Age Appropriateness: Primary
Fly Guy lived with his human friend Buzz. Buzz took care of Fly Guy and he even fed him his favorite food. One day Buzz was gone and Fly Guy ended up going on an adventure and trying other types of food. Luckily he ended up back with Fly Guy.
This book is good fantasy fiction because a fly and a boy won't be friends, but it is fun to follow a fly's adventure.
Another Tedd Arnold book, so of course it is great. I just adore Fly Guy and his personality is likeable. These books are great for my students because they are easy to read, and of high-interst. They are funny and likable.
This early chapter book is also a fantasy starring a pet fly and all of his adventures. The illustrations were probably done in watercolor, ink, and colored pencil.
I really don't like the "fly guy" books. I can appreciate kids' gross-out humor, and books about bugs and so forth. But these just don't do it for me. The illustrations are not pleasurable, the characters are annoying, and not much about the stories recommend themselves.
Buzzy Fly Guy’s on his own for most of his third outing. Returning from a foray past garbage, a horse and other intriguingly scented landmarks, Fly Guy finds a note that his human buddy Buzz and family have gone off for a picnic. Away he flies in pursuit—both of Buzz, and of his favorite food, which is “brown, oozy, lumpy and smelly.” Being a fly, he is of course willing to settle for any one of those qualities, but the tempting burger, pizza slice, bones and roadkill he finds are already claimed. Poor Fly Guy, shooed away from every snack. Arnold’s cartoons are more pop-eyed than ever in this simply told, medium-gross episode, and emergent readers will enjoy following the muscid marauder to final nirvana atop a slice of—yes, shoo-fly pie: brown, oozy, lumpy and smelly. (Easy reader. 5-7)
Fly Guy is back for his third adventure in this rollicking series. This time, the unusual pet is exploring on his own while his owner, Buzz, has gone on a picnic. Fly Guy is searching for something good to eat. Readers are told that his favorite food is "brown, oozy, lumpy, and smelly." His first find isn't "oozy, lumpy, or smelly. But it was brown. Close enough!" Then the boy who is about to eat the hamburger shoos him off, and Fly Guy must look again. The scene repeats as the exuberant bug finds other "close enough" foods and gets shooed away. At last, he finds the perfect brown, oozy, lumpy, smelly food and is reunited with Buzz. This book has tons of kid appeal, as beginning readers follow the small hero through the zippy, funny story. Clear, bright pictures are surrounded by lots of white space, and the large block letters in a casual font are easy to read. Simple sentences with repetition reinforce reading skills in a humorous way. This delightful book is guaranteed to fly off library shelves.
A pet fly searches for his favorite brown, oozy, lumpy, smelly food.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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