Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

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Nothing drives a family crazy faster than an old black fly on a hot summer day, especially when the family's a little crazy already. And this fly is as bad as they come. He knows every low-down trick in the book--and won't rest until he's gone through them all.

He ate on the crust
of the Apple pie.
He bothered the Baby
and made her cry.
Shoo fly!
Shoo fly!

About Jim Aylesworth

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In addition to writing many books for children, Jim Aylesworth's proudest accomplishment was being a first-grade teacher for twenty-five years. Several of his most popular stories appear in "Jim Aylesworth's Book of Bedtime Stories, " and he is also the author of "Through the Night" and "The Full Belly Bowl." Mr. Aylesworth lives in Chicago, Illinois. Stephen Gammell is the winner of the Caldecott Medal for his drawings in Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman. His art in Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker earned him a Caldecott Honor award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Books award. Other books he has illustrated include Will's Mammoth by Rafe Martin, andDancing Teepees: Poems of American Indian Youth by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve.
Published March 15, 1995 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Framing the book in dramatic fly-black endpapers, he intensifies his trademark rainbow colors, laying them on a white ground in vibrant clouds, flinging them in ebullient splatters signifying the mess and confusion in the fly's wake, and counterpointing the impressionistic setting with precisely ...

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On a summer day, old black fly ``bothered the baby,'' ``coughed on the cookies'' and ``drove the dog nearly out of his wits,'' as family members attempt to ``Shoo fly!

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PW dubbed this rhythmic journey through the alphabet on the back of a pesky housefly an ``ebullient picture-book romp,'' lauding the ``waggish presentation of a basic concept.'' Ages 4-7.

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