Try Fly Guy

January 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold; published by Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, New York; 2005.

Easy readers are notorious for being bland; it’s difficult to create imagery with a limited vocabulary.  Hi! Fly Guy is not great literature, but when the story of a boy and his pet is combined with silly, sometimes sidesplitting (at least when you’re a child) illustrations, you get a book that won’t stay on the shelves.  The surreal cartoon images, like of Fly Guy flying with his tongue hanging out (picture a first grader coloring), enhance the story with the humor associated with other picture books by Tedd Arnold.  The metallic cover also garners attention for this Geisel Honor book.

Because of the humorous images, I would use Hi! Fly Guy to coax a book into the hands of a reluctant reader.


Entry filed under: "Early" Chapter Book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal or Honor Book for Beginning Readers. Tags: , , , .

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