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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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1996)
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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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Natalee Huguez
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
Kristen Rigau
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
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
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
Michelle McBeth
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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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
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
Cynthia Housianitis
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
Mar 30, 2008 babyhippoface rated it 3 of 5 stars
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."

The eating habits, physical characteristics, and behaviors of a common house fly are described in a first-person
Julia Jasztal
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
Christine Mccurley
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 Amichia
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
Sarah Sammis
Sean's had a copy of Diary of a Worm since he was a toddler. Recently he read Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin at school and insisted I read it too. Since I try to read all the books my children recommend to me I grabbed a copy from the library.

Diary of a Fly comes as a the sequel to Diary of a Spider. Here the main character is a fly who wants more than anything some time away from her 327 siblings.

Like Diary of a Worm and I'm assuming Diary of a Spider chronicles the childhood of the main chara
Kim T.
When I asked my kids if they liked this book, they said, "We super liked it!" I think that says it all.

I secured this title at my local library.
Dec 30, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Another fun book in the Diary of a... series by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. It offers an interesting perspective, and a lot of laughs. Some of the humor is very subtle, but the older our girls get, the more they understand the word play. Our girls enjoyed watching the story on the Tumblebooks website. ( They've watched this one several times.
Diana Haynes
I used this book for one of my Tumblebooks in my picture book project. It's the tale of a fly trying to get away from her 327 brothers and sister and spend time with her friends spider and worm. She learns to fly and land on moving targets, and decides she wants to be a superhero. She already knows how to fly, after all. I thought the illustrations in this book were very appealing, especially since they are on a computer and therefore can move. The reader gets to watch the fly fly around, and th ...more
The third in the diary of an insect series, we finally get to see Fly, friend of Worm and Spider.
I liked how the fly wanted to be a superhero. Then she thought about it and didn't want to.
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Now I have to find Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider... This is one delightful treat -- love it when the babysitter brings a Frog to watch the fly kids so that "When Mom and Dad got home, we were all exactly where we were when they left." The juxtaposition of cartoon style of the fly and her insect/arachnid friends and the realism of some other objects: the door knob, the scissors, the running dog, etc. can be a bit jarring but somehow fits the semi-nonfiction text.
The PandaBat loves these Diary Of... books by Cronin. Enough factual information about the creatures to satisfy that side of things, along with an amusing little story.
Jennifer Symonds
Great read to show different perspectives and genres of writing.
Lisa Wright
What a funny book that explains scientific facts about flies! Cute
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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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