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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Helen loves springtime -- except for the gazillions of blackflies and mosquitoes. But she has a plan . . .

One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes c
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 31st 2017 by Scholastic Canada
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this newer Robert Munsch piece, the young reader sees a different side of the story, at least through the illustrations. Helen is so happy that it is no longer winter. She loves the chance to be able to go outside. However, as soon as she steps into the fresh air, she hears them... gazillions of black flies and mosquitos. They are so thick that her sister is carried off and her father is close behind. Helen panics, but must find a way to solve the problem. She finds the most powerful blackly ...more
Lady Heather
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: early education, small group reading, bedtime stories

I read this book to the children in my daycare today and they loved it, so much so they asked that I read it again.
Robert Munsch is a favourite author of this group of kids and when I showed them that I purchased new books to read since coming back from my holidays, well I couldn't read the story fast enough.

They were engaged and entertained.
They "got" the humour and the over-exaggeration of the 16 gazillion blackflies and mosquitoes that came and picked up Helen's sister and father and brought
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-sprocket
A great read aloud book. Repeated sentences are a great help for emerging readers, and this book is literally laugh out loud funny.

(Ok at least laugh out loud funny for the 6 year old)
paige turner ♡
Blackflies is a story about the one thing people hate when the cold weather leaves. Bugs. Not just any bugs though, mosquitos and blackflies!

The black flies in this story though, they're insane! You can hear them coming a mile away, and they'll grab you as soon as you go to investigate what that strange noise is! Well, that's what happened to Helen's sister and her father.

Sounds like it could be made into a really bad horror movie.

Helen is the hero of the story though as are most of the main ch
Scout Collins
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-for-kids
The story is mediocre at best, very repetitive (in a cookie cutter, template kind of way). I think Michael Martchenko is the best illustrator, he does a great job with Robert Munsch stories.

This story didn't seem to have much of a point and I don't like it tbh
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Robert Munsch story I haven't read about blackflies & mosquitoes. It would be a great read for kids living where these pesky bugs are so prominent. ...more
Susan Marrier
While the illustrations by Jay Odjick were delightful, I didn't think the story was up to Munsch's other books.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's good to know that all of Canada feels this apprehensive about bugs.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. And visibly native!
Julia Smith-brake
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely new Munsch book. Glad we got it. New illustrator, very cute.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian, mini-me
Some really cool illustrations here, but not my favourite Munsch. Mini-Me liked it though.
Meghan Edwards
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Traditional Munsch antics. Not quite as good as Paperbag Princess, but well worth it.
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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Chil

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