Synopses & Reviews
From bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold, creator of PARTS and GREEN WILMA, comes the hilarious FLY GUY! It's easy to read and it comes with a shiny foil cover!
"A fly was flying. He was looking for something to eat. Something tasty. Something slimy. A boy was walking. He was looking for something to catch. Something smart. Something for The Amazing Pet Show."
The boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun. With an eye-catching holographic cover. This is the first in a series of four.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
HI! FLY GUY
Author - Arnold, Tedd
Review Date: JULY 15, 2005
Price (hardback): $5.99
Publication Date: 9/1/2005 0:00:00
"As usual, droll, understated watercolors illustrate the pair's tour of popular attractions. . . . Who knows where on earth [duck] and Dodsworth will end up next, but let's hope we find out soon."
"The poetics of restraint could not be better displayed."
"From the Dodsworth series, another fine, funny book for beginning readers or for reading to younger children."
Dodsworth and his misbehaving duck paland#160;visitand#160;Tokyo on theand#160;fifth stop in the Dodsworth series, where Tim Egan's sharp wit and playful illustrations make this a trip to remember. Will duck ever learn to mind his manners? Or will Dodsworth have to say sayonara to the duck before the trip is through?
With trips to New York, Paris, London, and Rome under their belts, Dodsworth and the duck head for Japan: and#8220;The plane glided over Mount Fuji. Tokyo sparkled in the distance. Dodsworth was a little nervous.and#8221; Dodsworth has good reason to be nervousand#8212;the duck bumps into a rickshaw, falls into a koi pond (he canand#8217;t swim), and knocks over a tray of wagashi! Readers will love the slapstick humor and the odd-couple friendship between Dodsworth and the duck. Four engaging chapters of short sentences, clean design, and gem-like little paintings of the Land of the Rising Sun make it easy for early readers to enjoy the journey.
About the Author
Tedd Arnold is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Fly Guy series and the illustrator of more than 60 books, including DETECTIVE BLUE. He has received Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for HI! FLY GUY and I SPY FLY GUY! Tedd lives with his wife, Carol, in upstate New York.