Hi! Fly Guy (Fly Guy, #1)
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Hi! Fly Guy (Fly Guy #1)

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When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Cartwheel Books (first published September 1st 2005)
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BOB Books Set 1 by Bobby Lynn MaslenHi! Fly Guy by Tedd ArnoldHot Dog by Molly CoxeTen Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSiegHop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Books For Earliest Reading
2nd out of 26 books — 18 voters
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15th out of 173 books — 48 voters

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Tedd Arnold combines humor and creative illustrations to create this winner of the Geisel Award.

Ages 4-8

I can see why this book is so appealing to kids. It is funny, fast moving, sweet, and just a little bit gross: a winning combination for the learning to read set. As a beginning reader, though, it seems a bit disjointed. One page will have very easy, rhythmic text like that of a very early reader, then, there are other pages that have longer words, such as surprise and rescue. Most of the sent...more
Illustrated by Tedd Arnold
Level: Elementary

This books is so amazing! I teach first grade and I am dealing so many students who are trying to read chapter books because alot of their friends are ready for them. I am teaching them to find good fit books.

This is a chapter book that is a very low level. The story is heart warming and silly at the same time. There are many high frequency words which make the story an easy read.
(NS) Lisa
In this Theodore Geisell award winning book a boy searches for the ultimate pet to take with him to 'The Amazing Pet Show'. Against all odds he decides on a fly. Why? Because his name is Buzz and when the fly "stomped his foot and said - BUZZ!"... well you can see where this is going.

In any case, some great silliness ensues and Buzz manages to convince not only his parents but the judges at the pet contest that they ought to at least consider the notion that a fly can be a pet.

This book can be...more
Madison Snow
Hi! Fly Guy begins with a boy and a fly leading separate lives and unexpectedly intertwining. The cover shows a large fly with a happy face. The background is a hologram texture in silver. This background gives the cover a fun feel and intrigues me to read more. The story begins with a fly looking for something to eat when he bumps into a boy looking for a pet. The boy finds a pet and is immediately impressed by it because the fly says the boys name, "Buzz". Buzz thinks he is the smartest fly wh...more
Samantha Mcdowell
This was an interesting book about Buzz who captures a fly and decides to keep him as his pet that he names Fly Guy. The two become fond of each other and he enters Fly Guy in a pet contest, but he keeps getting told that flies can't be pets until Fly Guy does all kinds of tricks and wins smartest pet.
The cover of this book would make kids pick it up. It is metallic silver with Fly Guy on it. It is very bold and draws kids in. The words inside are big and bold and there are few to a page so it...more
Katie Urton
A boy is on the search for a pet to enter into the town's "Amazing Pet Show" when he comes across a fly. The two hit it off and the story begs the question: is a fly a pest or a pet? Triumphantly, Buzz the fly persuades the boy's family, town members, and even the contest judges to see just how multi-talented and "amazing" a fly could be!

A wonderfully easy fiction read for lower elementary students, with eye-catching illustrations that are likely to intrigue readers of any lev...more
Title: Hi! Fly Guy
Author: Tedd Arnold
Date of Publication: 2005
Genre: Fiction/Picture Book/Entertainment
Annotations: Buzz goes looking for a pet when a fly bumps into him. Amazed by flies talents, Buzz takes the fly as a pet and names him Fly Guy. Though everyone says flies are pests rather than pets, Fly Guy does amazing things to change their mind. From there, the friendship of Fly Guy and Buzz blossoms.

This is a really cute book and a good one for beginner readers. The pictures are wonderful!...more
Anne-thomas Donnelly
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold is a funny easy-to-read book that beginning readers would really enjoy! It is about a boy named Buzz who goes out on a walk on day to find a pet for the Amazing Pet Show and finds a pet fly. He is amazed when he realizes the fly can say his name! Buzz thought this is the smartest pet in the world! He runs home to enter his pet into the show but is saddened when the judges tell him flies aren't pets. This fly was no ordinary fly though, and he did tricks to prove it to...more
Marissa Kuhn
When Buzz goes looking for a pet to enter into The Amazing Pet Show, he bumps into a fly who is so smart, he knows Buzz's name! Despite everyone's objection that a fly is a pest, Fly Guy proves them wrong.
This book is a great easy reader. The typeface is nice and big with good spacing to help the reader keep their place. The illustrations are not overbearing and only help add to the story. We're never quite sure how Fly Guy will show how smart he is which gives an element of surprise to the sto...more
Tedd Arnold's style of both writing and drawing are excellent. each of his books are written in a chapter form even though there are not a lot of words to each chapter. This is the first in a series of books about Buzz and his pet/friend Fly Guy. The pictures are great especially for kids as flies like stinky rotten oozy things so there are a lot of pictures of those, plus the words are wrapped around and through the pictures which makes for a fun and pleasing-to-the-eye read. Great books especi...more
Genre: K-3 Concept Book?
Grade: K-3
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

This book is about a fly that finds a friend in a boy named Buzz. Buzz went out looking for a pet one day and literally runs into the fly. He decides he would be the perfect pet because he could say Buzz's name, so he puts him in a jar and names him Fly Guy. Disregarding his parents wishes, Buzz enters Fly Guy in the fair and Fly Guy wins the award for Smartest Pet.

Activity #1: This book would be great to use for teaching sequencin...more
Dec 24, 2008 Rachael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: esp. early readers, kids who like bugs
My Kiddo used to love bugs, and I don't. I was just hoping he wouldn't want to start collecting them or something. Then, abruptly, he started getting really freaked out by flies. This is a problem when you live in the Midwest. Flies are just something you have to deal with in the summer months. He would beg me to catch the flies and send them back outside-- something I'm not quick enough to do. So, what's a Mommy to do?

One day I remembered a school librarian reading this to one of the classes fo...more
We are always told to never judge a book by its cover, but this one featuring a close-up of Tedd Arnold’s friendly-looking, bug-eyed hero, Fly Guy, on a sparkly, silver holographic cover simply screams “Pick me! Pick me!” It would certainly appeal to reluctant readers. The story begins as a fly sets out looking for food just as a boy embarks upon a quest to find the perfect pet to enter into the town’s Amazing Pet Show. The boy, who’s name happens to be “Buzz” captures the fly in the hopes that...more
Rachel Kenney
Grade/interest level: Primary
Reading level: 280 Lexile
Genre: Picture Book
Main Characters: Buzz, Fly Guy
Setting: Buzz's home and neighborhood
POV: Narrator

This book is a fun and quirky text that is sure to get young readers interested. A boy named Buzz is looking for an interesting pet to bring to "The Amazing Pet Show". He wants a pet that is going to be smart. He is happy when he finds his new little friend, Fly Guy! Buzz is impressed that this little fly can say his name... Buzz.
1. Genre: Controlled Vocabulary
2. Summary: In this story a fly is captured by Buzz, a little boy who wants him for a pet. The fly is eventually named Fly Guy and Buzz takes him to a pet show only to find out the judges don’t consider a fly a pet. Fly Guy through a series of flying tricks and saying Buzz’s name convinces the judges he is a pet and is allowed into the show.
A. Area of Comment: Arrangement
The author does a good job of arranging the text and illustrations together so that the reader...more
Sarah Prekopa
A very fun and entertaining book, audiences will fall in love with Fly Guy and Buzz. A beautiful friendships is formed when Buzz is looking for a pet for The Amazing Pet Show. Bumping into the very hungry Fly Guy, Buzz is amazing when Fly Guy can say his name, "Buzzzz". Determined that Fly Guy is his new pet, Buzz convinces his parents and eventully the judges at the pet show of Fly Guy's smarts. Fly Guy shows off by performing some fancy flying, saying Buzz's name, and flying "high, high, high...more
Holly Heuglin
Tedd Arnold's, "Hi! Fly Guy," is a fun filled adventure about an innocent little fly, just wanting to prove himself to the world. After a young boy, Buzz, traps him in a small glass mason jar, Fly Guy just wants to show everybody around him that flies can make absolutely great pets. Buzz entered him in a pet show and the judges clearly resisted him. "Flies cannot be pets," they would say over and over again. Finally, Fly Guy shows the judges quite a few tricks up is sleeve, and they agree that h...more
Erika Arechiga
Buzz, a young boy, is in search of the ultimate pet to share at "The Amazing Pet Show". He runs into a fly who happens to say "BUZZ". Buzz thinks this is amazing. The fly can say his name! Buzz then tries to convince the judges and his parents that the fly is an amazing pet. The book is very silly and so are the illustrations. Tedd Arnold's illustrations are some of my favorites because they are comical, especially the characters' big, round eyes. The illustrations in this book add comedy becaus...more
Holly Smith
"Hi! Fly Guy" is a fun little book, first in the series, is about a little Fly who meets a guy named Buzz. Buzz is looking for a pet to enter in the amazing pet show, and when he catches Fly Guy and he knows his name, Buzz, he knows that Fly Guy is the perfect pet. The reading is simply, not to challenging for a struggling reader, but still a chapter book so they feel they are accomplishing something. The illustrations are cartoon based with large eyes and small noses but are fun to look at, esp...more
Shelby Fungone
This book tells the story of Fly Guy and Buzz meeting for the first time and starting their ever –long friendship. The story of their friendship together starts when Buzz catches the fly and wants to keep him as his pet. At first, Fly Guy doesn’t want to be trapped in the jar as the boy’s pet but when he’s taken home to Buzz’s house, his father tries to swat him and he yells “BUZZ!” which makes Buzz feel like the fly is so smart to know his name. This helps Buzz’s family warm up to the idea of h...more
A book that starts off the series of Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold. Love the pictures! As always, Tedd creates his trademark illustrations of big eyes that are so cute and funny! In this book a boy goes out looking for a pet for an amazing pet show. A fly is looking for something to eat. The two run into each other and the boy catches him. This makes him mad and the fly goes "buzz." Ironically, the boy's name is Buzz. He is astonished that the fly knows his name. He takes it home to show his pare...more
Our 4 year old son loves to read these little chapter books. And we do, too! The subject matter is perfect for little boys and the writing and illustrations work very well together. The artwork is spectacular; the details are so well thought out. There is as much story in the illustrations as there is in the writing. Highly recommend these books. You won't regret it.
The Fly Guy books are so funny and entertaining! To me, flies are among the most vile creatures on earth, but Tedd Arnold convinces you to love them via his Fly Guy character. We loved all of the bug-eyed characters in Tedd Arnold's books, which are great for introducing sight words and chapter books to children.
Hi Fly Guy is a funny little story about a little boy who goes looking for an animal to make his pet. He needs this pet to bring it to The Amazing Pet Show, and decides that he is going to choose a fly. He find the fly very smart, especially when the fly says the boys name, Buzz! There are very low expectations for the fly in the eyes of the judges of the pet show and his parents, but little do they know, Fly Guy will surprise them. In the end, Fly Guy blows them away with an amazing performance...more
This book is about a fly that finds a friend in a boy named Buzz. Buzz went out looking for a pet one day and literally runs into the fly, so he puts him in a jar and names him Fly Guy. Disregarding his parents wishes, Buzz enters Fly Guy in the fair and Fly Guy wins the award for Smartest Pet.
Sarah Hutchinson
This is a charming story of how fly becomes a part of a pet show! When a little boy Buzz is out looking for “the best pest ever” for the Amazing Pet Talent Show. Fly, innocently out looking for food, runs into and is trapped by Buzz! In his annoyance he says, “Buzz!” to him, as it is the only sound a fly can make. Buzz takes this to mean that the fly knows his name! The whole tale is quite charming and the pictures really bring the story to life as we follow this not so average fly. I really lov...more
Definitely an excellent book for early readers. The plot was pretty funny in my opinion, so I am sure younger readers would enjoy it even more. The illustrations go well with the plot, even sometimes having an illustration per sentence in case a young reader were to struggle on a word, the illustration could help them figure it out. I really liked this book had chapters, even though it was so short. This allows students to feel like they fit in and are reading the same books as their peers, simp...more
Chelsea N. Smith
This fun, easy to read book makes for a great transition between picture books and chapter books for young readers. It chronicles the adventures of fly guy and his human friend Buzz. The predicaments they find themselves in cause the reader to laugh out loud. The content is appropriate for kids of all ages and the ability level is appropriate for 1st through 3rd grade. i particularly like the use of chapters within the book. This would be a great book to help a struggling reader. The content is...more
My daughter came home from kindergarten one day and wanted all of the Fly Guy books. I read it to my preschool class and they like it too. Simple/short stories
This is a cute book for kids to get into chapter books. While the reading is very simple and quite short, it's broken down into "chapters" that can help transition children into the idea of longer chapter books.

The story also seems as though it would be funny for a kid to read-they would more than likely receive some enjoyment out of it. It also can help teach children a lesson to not judge others, and that everyone is different, as well as to stand strong for what you believe in. The kid in the...more
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Tedd grew up with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida.

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