Arnold, Tedd. Hi! Fly Guy. Illustrated by the author. Scholastic, 2005. 30 pages. Tr. $3.99 ISBN 978-0439853118; PLB $12.35 ISBN 978-1417732708 The Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book winner for 2005, Tedd Arnold's Hi! Fly Guy, amuses early readers with humorous characters and colorful watercolor and pencil cartoon illustrations. Tedd Arnold's style emanates from the pages as he explores the intricacies of living with a pet fly. Arnold interests his readers from the first line with, "A fly went flying." Coincidentally, as Buzz searches for a unique creature to enter in The Amazing Pet Show and Fly Guy hunts for something to eat, fate brings them together in a friendship that trumps all others. In three short chapters, the pair set out to prove just how talented a fly can be. Who would expect a fly to be the perfect pet?
Repetitive, decodable text, contextual illustrations, and a fast-moving, entertaining plot make Hi! Fly Guy a great choice for any beginning or reluctant reader. Fortunately, Arnold has continued creating a series of popular Fly Guy books so that young readers may continue to delight in the adventures of Fly Guy. Arnold's quirky signature writing and illustration style is both consistent and recognizable in his many other popular books, Parts (2000), More Parts (2003), Green Wilma (1993), and other early readers in the Fly Guy series like Super Fly Guy (2006), Shoo, Fly Guy (2006), There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy (2007), and Fly High, Fly Guy! (2008). Reading is fun with Fly Guy around!