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A Pet for Fly Guy

A Pet for Fly Guy

Spring 2014 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Tedd Arnold
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0545316156
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Tedd Arnold adds another book to his "Fly Guy" series with this sweet off-the-wall picture book about human boy Buzz and his best pal, an insect named Fly Guy, "the smartest pet in the world." During a day in the park with Buzz–--a picnic, playing chase, eating lunch, watching clouds–--Fly Guy realizes that he doesn't have a pet of his own. Buzz takes him to a pet shop, but dogs, cats and frogs aren't a good match. In the park, a worm is "too slimy," a spider is "too tangly" and a cricket is "too jumpy." Who does Fly Guy have the most fun with? Buzz, his best friend–--and surprise, his best pet, too. This interspecies friendship, fueled by affectionate warmth, is perfectly plausible in Arnold's quirky world of imagination, digitally visualized with deft, goggly-eyed charm.

Lynne Heffley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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