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I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are



by
Bridget Heos
illustrated by
Jennifer Plecas

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt
ISBN
9780805094695

Awards and Honors
100 Notable Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, Children’s Books
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Fly is bugged by all the attention butterflies get. After all, flies are much more interesting! Who wouldn’t want to study an insect that vomits on solid food before eating it? Glossary. Select bibliography. Full-color illustrations were created using traditional media and Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

8" x 10"

Dewey

595.77

AR

3.2: points 0.5

Lexile

AD560L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

May 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Houseflies. Life cycles. Metamorphosis. Butterflies. Animal behavior and characteristics.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^

Horn Book

An adorable fly—googly-eyed, fuzzy-bodied, and with a winning smile, as portrayed in Plecas’s funny but informative cartoon illustrations—makes a compelling argument for why he should be the science-class representative for insect life cycles instead of the overexposed, annoyingly perfect butterfly. He pleads his case in front of a skeptical classroom audience, who grill the fly about his more unsavory habits (garbage-eating, disease-spreading). Eventually convinced that “Flies rule!” the students capture the fly for scientific study, and he quickly changes his tune, pleading for his release. Heos cleverly skewers the classic elements of the typical animal book—the insect life cycle is told through a sappy reminiscence, and the point-by-point comparisons to butterflies and mosquitoes highlight just what makes an insect an insect. Those educators also weary of the primary-science butterfly bias will find this take on insects refreshing, amusing, and scientifically accurate. Appended with a glossary, select bibliography, and list of experts (presumably consulted). danielle j. ford

The Horn Book Guide Review:
A fly argues why he should be the science-class representative for insect life cycles instead of the overexposed butterfly. A skeptical classroom grills him about unsavory habits (garbage-eating, disease-spreading). Eventually convinced that “Flies rule!” they capture the fly for study, and he changes his tune. Cleverly skewering elements of the typical animal book, this take on insects is refreshing, amusing, and scientifically accurate. Bib., glos.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

An adorable fly—googly-eyed, fuzzy-bodied, and with a winning smile, as portrayed in Plecas’s funny but informative cartoon illustrations—makes a compelling argument for why he should be the science-class representative for insect life cycles instead of the overexposed, annoyingly perfect butterfly. He pleads his case in front of a skeptical classroom audience, who grill the fly about his more unsavory habits (garbage-eating, disease-spreading). Eventually convinced that “Flies rule!” the students capture the fly for scientific study, and he quickly changes his tune, pleading for his release. Heos cleverly skewers the classic elements of the typical animal book—the insect life cycle is told through a sappy reminiscence, and the point-by-point comparisons to butterflies and mosquitoes highlight just what makes an insect an insect. Those educators also weary of the primary-science butterfly bias will find this take on insects refreshing, amusing, and scientifically accurate. Appended with a glossary, select bibliography, and list of experts (presumably consulted). danielle j. ford

The Horn Book Guide Review:
A fly argues why he should be the science-class representative for insect life cycles instead of the overexposed butterfly. A skeptical classroom grills him about unsavory habits (garbage-eating, disease-spreading). Eventually convinced that “Flies rule!” they capture the fly for study, and he changes his tune. Cleverly skewering elements of the typical animal book, this take on insects is refreshing, amusing, and scientifically accurate. Bib., glos.

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