What’s it like to be a fly? Well, it ain’t easy.
“Two googly eyes, six hairy legs, two transparent wings….It’s ME! The housefly. But people don’t like me being in the house.” Poor fly. The fly stands on the ceiling looking down at a boy holding a fly swatter…and it’s only breakfast time. The Musca domestica exercises to stay fit (156 times around the light fixture) before the swish of the fly swatter sends the chatty pest outside. A visit to the cows for their lovely scent is in order, but the irritable flap of a tail ends that. The fly recollects nearly being eaten by a frog and a bird in the same day: “Why?” Back to the house for some lunch; “FLAP!” goes the fly swatter (the page is cut to the shape of the evil tool—a nice touch); the chase begins again. A brief respite on the boy’s forehead summons another “FLAP!” and another shaped page whacks the boy in the face. Poor fly. “I mean no harm to anyone. So, if you see me, please be kind. HEY, don’t close the book…HELP…HELP…Do you want to squash me?” Horácek’s fly’s-eye view of a misunderstood insect’s life will be a nifty read at storytime or one-on-one, particularly with a little practice to correctly time the two die-cut fly swatter pages. The attractive mixed-media illustrations are inviting.
This apologium may not change minds about flies, but it’s definitely buzz-worthy. (Picture book. 3-6)