Tiny little fly by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Kevin Waldron (2010)


Is this not a truly magnificent cover? I’ve gotta say, I had a sneaking suspicion that this book wasn’t going to end well for the fly. Okay I should probably admit I pretty much hoped things were going to end badly for the fly (hey, we’re heading into summer here in New Zealand and flies are buzzing around the edge of my equilibrium again.)IMG_1112

Tiny little fly lands on Elephant’s nose.

“Great Big Elephant

Winks one eye,

Says to himself,

“I’m going to catch that fly!”

Because flies are sneaky and speedy, and very hard to catch, in spite of the determination of the hippo, elephant and tiger, Tiny Little Fly remains entirely unscathed. This is a beautiful combination of a great repetitive story, and amazing illustrations. It is in a lovely large format making each page particularly striking.

A librarian told me she created her own fly on the end of a satay stick and buzzed around the audience while telling this story. Another good one!

Check out Tiny little fly at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Tiny little fly from Fishpond.


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