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Tiny Little Fly – book review by S.A. Barone

Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen, Kevin Waldron

Tiny Little Fly
book review by S.A. Barone

This pesky hero is a fly. Written by Michael Rosen, the catchy and repetitive verse makes this book captivating for beginning listeners and beginning readers.

“Tiny Little Fly sees great big toes…Tiny Little Fly sits on Elephants nose. Great Big Elephant winks one eye, says to himself, “I’m going to catch that fly!”

The little fly escapes the Big Elephants, the Big Hippo and a Big Tiger. The little fly is quite the tormentor and the three animals unite to catch the fly, but the Tiny Little Fly just “winks one eye” and bids “everyone bye!”

The illustrator, Kevin Waldron’s arresting, dramatic animals in digitally enhanced gouache and pencil, looms large in the outsize wraparound jacket image. Waldron uses bold lines and a vivid palette to command attention to the characters.

This is a book for the very young child as well as the beginning reader. It is delightfully written and beautifully illustrated and it might make you feels differently about flies, at least for a while.

I try not to think about, Tiny Little Fly, when I about to swat a fly buzzing around in my kitchen.

Happy Reading

Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley  has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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