An increasingly exasperated fly realizes that it’s OK to take to the air in her own way despite what others may think.
Fly enjoys flying in “wibbles,” “wobbles,” and “wavies,” but she is interrupted again and again by a series of birds who each insist that she is flying the wrong way. From Blackbird, who claims that a straight line is the best way to fly, to Hawk, who advises Fly to dive for her food, each bird comes with a critique and an insistence that Fly do things their way. Fly becomes more fed up with each encounter, but in the end she meets Butterfly, who joins her in her way of flying—but not before Fly mistakenly takes out her frustrations on the even-keeled Butterfly. Fly comes to understand that different is not wrong and that she likes her way of flying just fine. Modeling self-confidence for young readers, Fly decides to tell everyone to buzz off even before she receives external validation. Although the lesson may not be new, the book feels fresh. Hanaor tells Fly’s story with colloquial, pithy language that teaches a lesson without moralizing. Bowsher’s cheerful illustrations are clear and bold, using just black and yellow, and convey a range of emotions and a lot of sass through simple facial expressions.
An easy introduction to the joy of being oneself. (Picture book. 2-7)