What’s not to love about Fly Guy? The Fly Guy series of books by Tedd Arnold is one I heartily recommend as a teacher and employee of the East Lansing Public Library. A little boy wants a pet and chooses a fly because the fly knows the boy’s name, “Buzz.” That starts a beautiful friendship.These are great books for kids who are just starting to read and also for reluctant readers. There are some slimy parts, silly parts and parts that are hard to believe (how do you find your pet fly at the garbage dump with all sorts of other flies?) – in other words, all of the things that make a good story! The covers are very appealing and the illustrations are charming.
There are now 15 books in the series (the next one will be released in August of 2015), plus there are some informational books about insects, bats, sharks, space, dinosaurs and firefighters. The huge eyes on Fly Guy immediately get your attention and some of the books have shiny covers that kids gravitate toward.
It is so exciting that the Wharton Center Act One production of Fly Guy will be here on Saturday. I am sure it will be fun for the whole family. In addition to Fly Guy, this Theatreworks USA production features two books by Kevin Henkes, Kitten’s First Full Moon and Lilly’s Big Day, Horace and Morace but Mostly Dolores by James Howe, and A Prize for Fluffy based on Kate McMullan’s Fluffy’s Silly Summer. In addition to those two other favorites of mine are featured – Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess and Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. The thought of all of those entertaining books with musical numbers – so intriguing! I am a big fan of musicals and there is no better place to see one than the Wharton! I highly recommend the series of books, and attending this production!
The Act One Family Series at Wharton Center is a great way to introduce kids to musicals and the performing arts. There’s still time to get your $9 tickets for this fun-filled show, happening Saturday, May 2. For more information, visit: http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/fly-guy-and-other-stories
Phyllis Thode is the Community Development Specialist at East Lansing Public Library.