A ride in the car has never been scarier—or this much fun
When Buzz (the boy) and Fly Guy (the fly, naturally) decide to go for a ride with Dad, things get exciting for the littlest member of the family. The seatbelt proves a poor restraint for the insect, and he is whisked out the window and into a passing truck driver’s mouth and out the window again ("PTOOIE!"). All this happens in the first 12 pages! Arnold’s enormous-eyed humans mimic Fly Guy’s ping-pong-ball eyes, showing dramatic changes from joy to fear to sadness. (Buzz’s leaking half-staff eyes when Fly Guy is lost in space will make any reader pause in empathy.) This newest installment moves with the speed of Fly Guy’s temporary vehicles: car, truck, boat, train, plane, rocket and, finally, bicycle. Using a variety of page designs to keep up with Fly Guy, Arnold is careful to make sure the young readers know where to look next. Some panels span the gutter, while others change perspective suddenly to mirror the action. Clear type, bright white space and careful word choice make this a must-read for children ready for books a little more challenging than Elephant and Piggie.
Keep flying, Fly Guy! (Early reader. 4-8)