OLD BLACK FLY by Jim Aylesworth

OLD BLACK FLY

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

"Old black fly's been/buzzin' around...And he's had a very/busy bad day," begins this alphabetical litany of misdemeanors ("He frolicked on the Eggs/for the birthday cake./He licked up the Frosting,/ for goodness sake./Shoo fly!/Shoo fly!/Shooo"). Having troubled the entire household and "lit on the List" of groceries (all of which turn up elsewhere), the fly "Zzzz"'s onto a table where he comes to a just end: the baby drops the cake on him. Aylesworth's buoyant, rhythmic verse provides inspiration for a wondrous evolution of Gammell's style. Framing the book in dramatic fly-black endpapers, he intensifies his trademark rainbow colors, laying them on a white ground in vibrant clouds, flinging them in ebullient splatters signifying the mess and confusion in the fly's wake, and counterpointing the impressionistic setting with precisely observed characters and details: an outraged cat, Gramma's wizened face, the hairy, red-eyed culprit. Sheer delight for eyes, ears, and funny-bones. (Picture book. 3+)
Pub Date: April 10th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8050-1401-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1992




MORE BY JIM AYLESWORTH

ChildrenMY GRANDFATHER'S COAT by Jim Aylesworth
by Jim Aylesworth
ChildrenCOCK-A-DOODLE DOO, CREAK, POP-POP, MOO by Jim Aylesworth
by Jim Aylesworth
ChildrenTHE MITTEN by Jim Aylesworth
by Jim Aylesworth

MORE BY STEPHEN GAMMELL

ChildrenTHE FRAZZLE FAMILY FINDS A WAY by Ann Bonwill
by Ann Bonwill
ChildrenLAUGH-OUT-LOUD BABY by Tony Johnston
by Tony Johnston
ChildrenMUDKIN by Stephen Gammell
by Stephen Gammell

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE FLY FLEW IN by David  Catrow
by David Catrow