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Old Black Fly

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Old Black Fly

By Jim Aylesworth; Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805014013, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 1992


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 "

About the Author
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.

Praise For Old Black Fly

"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