The Monarch Award:
Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award

2008 Master List

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2008 Nominee: Hi, Fly Guy!

When Buzz  captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

**Winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award for literary and artistic creativity in a beginning reader book.

Author/Illustrator: Tedd Arnold

Book Activities

    • Discussion questions:
    • Language arts: Compare and contrast with Aaaarrgghh! Spider!
    • Writing: Write a story about an unusual pet.
    • Math: Graph class pets.
    • Science: Point out the prismatic cover. What are prisms? Research flies.
    • Social Studies: Learn about how flies spread disease.
    • Drama:
    • Cooking/Food:
    • Art: Visit the author's website and learn to draw with squiggles and bug eyes.
    • Music: Sing Old Black Fly, or Shoo Fly Don't Bother me.
    • Movement:
    • Activity: Have an amazing pet show by bringing in photos of your pet. Vote for your favorite with coins and donate the money to the Humane Society.

Related Books

<>Shoo Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Super Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold
Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin (coming soon)
Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
Spider and the Fly by Mary Botham Howitt


Fly facts
Unusual pets

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