I Spy Fly Guy!: Fly Guy, Book 7

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
I Spy Fly Guy!: Fly Guy, Book 7 Book Poster Image
Fun, fast tale great for early and reluctant readers.
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Parents say

age 4+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Shows a comic version of the life of a fly. 

Positive Messages

Loyalty and friendship are the main themes, and there's family support: Buzz’s father doesn’t ask questions, but races with his son in pursuit of the lost fly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Buzz is a devoted friend to Fly Guy, understanding of his unique way of playing hide-and-seek and going to great lengths to find him when the garbage truck whisks him away.

Violence & Scariness

The fly goes missing in a garbage dump, but is found again.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I Spy Fly Guy is the seventh book in the long-runining Spy Guy series that's very popular with kids. The 2016 installement was #16 in the series! The story offers goofy, highly illustrated, action-packed fun -- unless the idea of a boy playing with a fly makes you squeamish. Kids, of course, won't mind a bit. A good choice for early or relcuctant readers. 

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Parent Written byGrandpa Jim March 7, 2010

It's fun to read together!!!

I considerate it educational because my five year old grandson could read it with me. It's fun to read together!!!
Parent of a 16 and 18+ year old Written bytdhofstrom February 26, 2010
Love it! As a librarian, this book is perfect for beginning readers, and as a read-aloud book just for fun. The kindergarten and 1st graders love this series.

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What's the story?

Buzz and his pet, Fly Guy, are enjoying a game of hide-and-seek when Fly Guy, hiding in a garbage can, is inadvertently whisked off to the dump. Buzz follows in hot pursuit, but needs to figure out how to find his pet Fly Guy among all the buzzing flies at the dump. This is the seventh book in Arnold's Fly Guy series.

Is it any good?

Big print, comic illustrations, a silly premise, and a compact story make this a winner for reluctant readers. Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy is stinky, dirty, and prone to snacking in the garbage can, but he’s an adoring friend to Buzz. Alert readers will giggle as Buzz searches the dump for his friend, unaware that Fly Guy is sitting on his cap all the while, still playing hide-and-seek. It's a slight book, and the ew factor may put off some parents, but it's a great match for kids -- especially boys -- who are just getting started reading solo.

Bug-eyed characters, funny details, and a healthy dose of gross stuff will delight kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about unusual friends. What makes Fly Guy a good pet? How is he a difficult pet to have?

  • Young readers can talk about how they made it through this book. What parts were hard? Easy? Did the pictures help you along?

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