Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Old Black Fly

Old Black Fly

Jim Aylesworth; Illustrated by Stephen Gammell

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Nothing drives a family crazy faster than an old black fly on a hot summer day, especially when the family's a little crazy already. And this fly is as bad as they come. He knows every low-down trick in the book--and won't rest until he's gone through them all.

He ate on the crust
of the Apple pie.
He bothered the Baby
and made her cry.
Shoo fly!
Shoo fly!

Booklist Editors' Choice, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, Parents' Choice Award Winner, ALA Notable Children's Books, IRA-CBC Children's Choices, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, School Library Best Books of the Year, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Parenting Magazine, Best Children's Award, Parenting Mag., Best Children's Award, Pennsylvania YR Choice Award


Praise for Old Black Fly

“A wild, alphabetical romp.” —Booklist

“* Sure to become a classic.” —School Library Joumal, starred review

“Aylesworth's buoyant, rhythmic verse provides inspiration for a wondrous evolution of Gammell's style.... Sheer delight for eyes, ears, and funny-bones.” —Kirkus Reviews, pointer

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About the author

Jim Aylesworth; Illustrated by Stephen Gammell

Jim Aylesworth taught the first grade for more than twenty years. He has written more than twenty books for young readers, including My Son John and McGraw's Emporium. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois, with his wife.

Stephen Gammell has illustrated many books for children. He won the Caldecott Medal for Song and Dance Man. Stephen Gammell lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jim Aylesworth

Stephen Gammell

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