Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks

Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks

Tedd Arnold
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2014   ISBN: 978-0545493291

Buzz has a pet fly called Fly Guy, which is quite unusual. What is even more unusual is that Fly Guy is a very intelligent fly and he has learned several tricks. Buzz is happy to have Fly Guy perform the tricks for his friends, and so Fly Guy swims the backstroke in the bird bath, he flies in circles around the head of a one of the kids in the audience, and then he hangs from Buzz’s nose upside down.

   At the dinner table Buzz tells his parents that Fly Guy has learned some tricks and Fly Guy, unprompted, performs these tricks. Unfortunately this makes rather a mess of the dinner table and Buzz decides that Fly Guy should only perform his tricks when he hears the word “NOW.” The friends never imagine that that sooner rather than later that word (and therefore Fly Guy’s tricks) are going to help Buzz get out of a very unpleasant situation.

   In this amusing and satisfying Fly Guy beginner reader, Buzz and his wonderful pet once again prove that together they can overcome all kinds of obstacles. The story is divided into short chapters, and it was written just for beginner readers so that they can start learning how to read all on their own.