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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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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.
Lisa Wright
What a funny book that explains scientific facts about flies! Cute
Great book. Well written story with great illustrations.
"Diary of a Fly" is perhaps one of the most engaging non-fiction books I have ever read! This book traces the life-cyle of flies and their major characteristics by following a fly's school and home life. By personifying a fly, the author engages children in the learning process and motivates them to want to know more! This fly desires to be a superhero and inspires children to dream big. Perfect for integration with science!

Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Publisher and date: HarperC...more
Monica Williams
A nice blend of cute with factual information.
May 29, 2008 Suzie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Suzie by: Elizabeth
This is one of three books in a little series, and I love them all!! I happened to see these adorable books on Elizabeth's list, and since I love children's books decided to go to the bookstore and look at them. I pulled one off of the shelf flipped to the first page and was enraptured. before I knew it I had read all three books just standing there by the childrens shelf! I was a little embarassed (Oh well!) I made another realization, I love this author! She has also written "Click, Clack, Moo...more
Kim Riehle
When imaginagtion exists books like this come about. Usually children, and sometimes adults like me, wonder what the animals and insects of the world would be like if they had the cognitive intelligence of humans. This story gives you the viewpoint of what might happen to a fly. She goes to school and even has a friend that is a spider, but she has to watch out for Spider's relatives that on occasion try to intice her to be their lunch. Its one of those books that just makes you smile.
A fun story time filled with laughs. Great for younger and older children together during spring break and summer. For our activity we made our own insects out of the letter I, cut from construction paper, and glued to a background. We used markers and pipe cleaners for legs, antenni, eyes, mouths, and other fun decorations! An impromtu contest to name all the insects we could think of ensued. Also works well with the letter B for butterfly, just make 2 and join them back to back.
Fun to read and open to lots of interesting discussion including: differences between fiction and nonfiction (contrasting this one with a nonfiction book about flies); definition of a diary; definition of a series. This one seemed to need a little more editorializing (than Diary of a Spider) to help my students understand a few things--such as what "regurgitated" means and the significance of the babysitter bringing a toad to the babysitting job.
Love the humor in all of these books. Great for the kids too.
Kelsie Williams
I chose this as one of my tumble book selections. I decided to view this because my second graders were talking about it today and seemed to be very excited about it. Due to their excitment, I wanted to educate myself on it. I thought that the tumblebook was very exciting to view. Not only was it interesting, but it was very informative as well. A choice that I think students will continue to enjoy!
This book will be good to talk about the writing format for journal entries. It contains exactly what is needed in a journal. It is also a good book to get rid of the fear of insects. It is humorous and it will be a good book to read to notice the details in the picture. There is more series of this book, so the kids can continue to read to see the different between the books within the series.
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