FLY! by Karl Newsom Edwards


Age Range: 2 - 5
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A young fly struggles to find his special talent.

Worm can wiggle. Fly tries to wiggle, but it just doesn’t look the same. Grasshopper can jump! Fly strains to jump, but his tiny feet barely make it off the ground. Poor Fly. He just can’t figure out what he is good at. From the title page, on which Fly is posed Thinker-like looking at his wings and pondering their existence, Fly’s determination is set. He goes from one garden friend to the next, trying to mimic their actions to see if he can do them too. Can he roll like the pill bug? Or march like the ants? No. It’s not until he sees Butterfly fluttering and Dragonfly flitting that he finally realizes his own special talent. He can…fly! In fewer than 20 words (action words, no less, with the exception of a single “Yes!”), Edwards pieces together a story of grand willpower and discovery. Fly is adorably earnest, with wide-set bulging eyes and six stubby legs that flail about in consternation. Setting his action against a clean, white background and drawing it in thick black outlines, Edwards shows how effective simplicity can be.

Toddlers will cheer this tale of exploration while simultaneously jumping to their feet to try every action, right along with Fly. (appended bug facts) (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 10th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-385-39283-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015


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