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This is the diary...of a fly. A fly who, when she's not landing on your head or swimming in your soup, is trying to escape her 327 brothers and sisters who are driving her crazy!

Even though she's little -- just like her best friends Worm and Spider -- Fly wants to be a superhero. And why not? She walks on walls, sees in all directions at once, and can already fly!

Doreen Cr
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jacquelyn
Nov 20, 2008 Jacquelyn rated it it was amazing
Genre: Juvenile Picture Book Reading level: Age 6+
This busy book is just the thing to address the nerves of the child who is about to begin school. The concerns of the Fly, unnamed, range from dietary to family to super hero. She is about to begin school and not at all sure that she will fit in. Does everyone regurgitate their food? Can a Fly be a super hero? Why can’t she have her own room? Her friends, Worm and Spider, will be familiar from previous Cronin and Bliss stories. Together they face
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Alan Q
Oct 15, 2015 Alan Q rated it really liked it
Diary of Fly is about a fly who her best friends are spider and worm and writes about her life such as the first day of school in learning how to fly, how to avoid peril situations, how to land on targets and to observe things that surrounds the fly. After all of the things she learned, the only thing that leaves the fly wanting to be is a superhero. Her friend spider doubt that she can't be a superhero because she's not strong, she can't fight or any other examples of being a superhero. Will th ...more
Jenny Wu
Oct 15, 2015 Jenny Wu rated it it was amazing
The Diary of a Fly is a story about a fly named Fly. She is very spunky and loves her best friends Worm and Spider. She keeps a diary of her life, and begins the story writing about how she is nervous for the first day of school. She learns how to fly and loves school; in the end she decides she wants to be a super hero. She realizes that she probably will never be a super hero like she wanted but that it is good to have big dreams and to believe in yourself.

This E-book was well done. One sente
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Madison
Mar 22, 2015 Madison rated it it was amazing
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Natalee Huguez
Mar 22, 2015 Natalee Huguez rated it it was amazing
Diary of a Fly is a story made up of diary entries written by a small fly. Her diary entries tell us all about her daily life and her experiences throughout the day. She is a spunky character and find adventure in everything she does whether its going to school, being babysat, or hanging out with her friends, Worm and Spider. The reader then learns that the small fly wants to become a superhero. She can climb walls, fly, and can see in every direction, so why not?
The text in the book is very sim
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Kristen Rigau
Mar 01, 2015 Kristen Rigau rated it liked it
The children's book, Diary of a Fly, written by Doreen Cronin, was very unique and silly. It is exactly as the title says, the diary of a fly and the many occurances he faces in his life. It never really gives him a name or is specific in the "diary entries" but it is very humorous and relatable to the diary of a young child. Although a young child would never face problems like, having all of their eyes looking at the camera for a school picture, or eating regurgitated food, it is relatable bec ...more
McCall Donnelly
Mar 01, 2015 McCall Donnelly rated it it was amazing
Diary of a Fly is a book based off of diary entries from a little fly. In her diary she shares stories about her daily life and what she learns along the way! The most important lesson is that although she can not bend steel or save the world from "outer-space villains", it does not mean that she can not be a superhero. As her friend worm explains "the world needs all kinds of heroes."

The text of this book is very simple and does not take up much of the space. This leaves room for detailed illus
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Valissa
Oct 27, 2014 Valissa rated it really liked it
I read the digital version of Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin. It offers a read to me option, or a read it by my self option. When you opt to have the story read to you, the sentence being read is colored red, however this wasn’t always consistent. Sometimes all of the text was colored red even though there were multiple sentences on a page. One fun feature was that the captions were filled out as they were read. All of the text that appears on each page stays there until the page turns. Most of ...more
Haley
Oct 15, 2015 Haley rated it it was amazing
The Diary of a Fly is a story about a fly named fly. She is very spunky and loves her best friends Worm and Spider. She keeps a diary of her life, and begins the story writing about how she is nervous for the first day of school. She learns how to fly and loves school; in the end she decides she wants to be a super hero. She realizes that she probably will never be a super hero like she wanted but that it is good to have big dreams and believe in yourself.
This E-book was well done. One sentence
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Claire Roberts
Oct 15, 2015 Claire Roberts rated it liked it
The Diary of a Fly is a story about a fly named fly. She is very spunky and loves her best friends Worm and Spider. She keeps a diary of her life, and begins the story writing about how she is nervous for the first day of school. She learns how to fly and loves school; in the end she decides she wants to be a super hero. She realizes that she probably will never be a super hero like she wanted but that it is good to have big dreams and believe in yourself.
This E-book was well done. One sentence
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Geena Gurman
Oct 13, 2015 Geena Gurman rated it really liked it
Title: Diary of a Fly
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Genre: Online Book
Theme(s): There is always more to be learned!
Opening line/sentence: ‘Tomorrow is the first day of school. I am so nervous.’
Brief Book Summary: This book is in the format of a nervous fly starting school who writes in her diary everyday. She talks about the projects he has to do and even how she has to observe a human first grader. The fly makes friends at school and writes about how much she learns about flies as
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Joelle Karlitz
Title: Diary of a Fly
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Genre: Fiction, Online Book
Theme (s): Friendship, Imagination, Determination
Opening Line/Sentence: June 7, Tomorrow is the first day of school. I’m so nervous. What if I’m the only one who eats regurgitated food?
Brief Book Summary: This book is about a diary of a fly. This story is about a fly’s adventure and how she is trying to escape her 327 brothers and sisters who are driving her nuts! Although she is young, she wants to
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Joanne Allen
Jul 24, 2015 Joanne Allen rated it really liked it
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book:
Audio Book, Electronic Book (TumbleBook), Fiction/Fantasy, Humorous Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Nonfiction elements, Picture Book

Estimate of age level of interest: Preschool – Grade 3

Reading Level: Grade 3, lower with audio supports supplied by TumbleBooks

Brief description: In this kid-friendly fictional story based on true facts about flies, readers will find themselves drawn into the e-reader's audio picture book with interesting facts an
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Michelle McBeth
Nov 25, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored Cronin's Diary of a Worm. This book is the third in the series following Diary of a Spider and follows the same concept. Fly is friends with Spider and Worm. She tells factoids about her life and the life of a fly. She dreams of being a superhero.

Again, it is fun to see life from an insect's perspective. This book is not as funny as Diary of a Worm, but I suppose it is quite difficult making a gross insect interesting without being too gross! The illustrations are beautiful a
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Joe
Jun 30, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
What a great way to introduce Informational Text to early childhood students. Used this with my first grade class. It brings a light hearted, relatable, narrative spin on informational text through putting flies into an elementary school student perspective. Full of information on flies: food, food chain, physical attributes, life cycle, and so much more. This is very entertaining and a great way to get students to write about other animals. It’s so easy to be able to slip into the shoes of the ...more
Laurie
Feb 04, 2014 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Melissa
Sep 18, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Genre: Fantasy
Grades: Preschool-3rd

This book brings on an animated look at the life of a fly. Along with the animated story there are real facts about flies. In this book Fly decides she wants to be a superhero but her friend Spider is not convinced that her capabilities are quite that of a superhero. Fly believes she is able to be a superhero because she can see in all directions at once, walk on walls, and land upside down. Her friend Worm assures her that there are many kinds of heroes that a
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Nick
May 08, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This may be the most unusual superhero story of all time.
Fly has just started school, at the age of 10 days [flys have a short life span, remember?] and has begun to keep a diary of her life.
You wouldn't think that such a diary would be at all entertaining, but in fact it's both funny and informative. Kids will love the home and school life of Fly, but will accidentally learn things about flies and other small creatures, from the events of the book.
The various asides in the story, ranging from t
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Cynthia Housianitis
Oct 05, 2013 Cynthia Housianitis rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Picture Book Project

Category: Tumblebooks #1

Source: Library of Virginia

Written by Doreen Cronin, Diary of a Fly brings on an animated look at the life of a fly. In this picture book, Fly decides that she wants to be a superhero, but is not supported by her friend, Spider. Although Spider is not convinced that her capabilities are equivalent to that of a superhero, Fly still believes she is – she can see in every direction at once, walk on walls, and can even land upside-down. Unlike Spider's bel
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babyhippoface
Mar 30, 2008 babyhippoface rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kindergartners-3rd graders
This is better than Diary of a Spider and just as good as Diary of a Worm.
My favorite spreads?
1] "June 12: My parents left us with a babysitter last night. When they got home, eighty-seven of us were stuck to a strip of flypaper."
2] "July 16: The babysitter came back last night. She brought a frog. When mom and Dad got home, we were all exactly where we were when they left."
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The eating habits, physical characteristics, and behaviors of a common house fly are described in a first-person
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Julia Jasztal
Feb 03, 2013 Julia Jasztal rated it really liked it
Mommy's review from 11/2/11 -


Julia and I have both loved Doreen Cronin's books since we first found a cartoon of Diary of a Worm on t.v. a few years ago. We then did a little searching, found the book and loved it. We promptly moved on to others by Cronin. I don't remember disliking any of her books as of yet.
This, like Diary of a Worm is hilarious. It's really the little things that make this story - when the little girl fly gets her school picture taken and was told by her mom to have all of
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Christine Mccurley
Sep 22, 2014 Christine Mccurley rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Cronin, D. (2007). Diary of a fly. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Tumblebooks/ LOV
Enter the everyday life of a young fly. Like any typical child, he daydreams and learns in school. The young reader may be able to make connections between their lives and the life of the main character. Those who have siblings may find this book to connect to their lives more than an only child. The illustrations in the book are fun and give the sense of a child’s personal diary. This book would be great when
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Mel Raschke
Fly is friends with Worm and Spider, and as with the other books, all three are often seen together. Fly is learning how to "be a fly", with some ups and downs along the way (She isn't so thrilled with the idea of the food chain...). She also wants to be a superhero, though she is told that she is not cut out for the job. The illustrations are as superb as the other books, and there are several scientific facts that sneak in to the story
Amber Roth
Feb 18, 2016 Amber Roth rated it it was amazing
This is a great idea for a read aloud to elementary students. The story is about the adventures of a fly in flight school. As spider and fly go back-and-forth about superheroes, worm teaches fly an important lesson about heroes. This book would be beneficial to show the students how each person can bring some "good" to the world by using their own strengths and abilities.
Courtney
This is a great humorous book for children that will teach them some facts about the life of a fly. The book is set up in the form of a diary that is written by the fly. This would be good to read to inspire children to write their own diaries.
Abigail
Mar 27, 2015 Abigail rated it liked it
This book is a creative way to teach kids about flies. The book demonstrates ways to show how much a fly is like a human. I would recommend this book to young readers who enjoy books about animals. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
Miss_Nelson
Jul 27, 2011 Miss_Nelson rated it really liked it
Love the format of this book! It uses facts about flies in each entry through the voice of a little girl fly learning about her kind at school. Illustrations are extremely cute.

WritingFix has a lesson using a companion book, Diary of a Worm (character shows up in this book), but it could easily substitute this book as its mentor text. Students use learned facts about ________ to write diary entries. Student models range from K-11 & include the diary of a panda, Ugg boot, Trident gum, and mat
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Nancy
Sep 24, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. Instead of learning a lot of facts about flies, it tells the story from the point of view of a fly. The fly writes in a diary each day, and we learn new things about flies. Nice approach!
Danelle Spicer
A very funny picture book about the diary of a fly and what she does everyday. She writes that she goes to school just like a person would. She also talks about her dreams of being a superhero.
Jennifer
Mar 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I LAUGHED so much while reading this book. It's diary writing format makes me feel like I'm really reading the thoughts of a fly. To be honest, I consider flies a nuisance, but this book would make for a great Science lesson. Lessons on the food chain and life cycle are minimally mentioned in this book, but this could be used as an activating strategy for both topic. It could also be used to encourage different writing styles, specifically the diary (or journal) format; this could be a good hit ...more
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Doreen Cronin was a practicing attorney in Manhattan when her first book Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type became a publishing success. But her book was not published overnight, in fact, she had written this barnyard tale even before attending law school but only received rejection letters from publishers. Five years after submitting the original manuscript she got a call from a publisher who want ...more
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