Fly! (Hardcover)

By Karl Newsom Edwards

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780385392839, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2015

List Price: 15.99*
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A charming read-aloud picture book about learning to be yourself, filled with movement and including a page with fun facts about bugs!
Fly can’t wiggle like a worm. He can’t jump like a grasshopper. And he can’t swing like a spider.
Don’t give up, Fly! Keep trying, and with a little help from your garden friends, you’ll find your own special talent.
From acclaimed illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards, this is a story about self-discovery through perseverance that encourages toddlers to get up and move to their own buggy groove!

About the Author

Karl Newsom Edwards is a first-time author and longtime illustrator whose clients range from Nickelodeon to Johnson & Johnson. He has a range of styles and lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at

Praise For Fly!

“In fewer than 20 words, Edwards pieces together a story of grand willpower and discovery...Toddlers will cheer this tale of exploration while simultaneously jumping to their feet to try every action, right along with Fly.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Edwards’s colorful, digitally created cartoon illustrations humorously capture the little bug’s wide-eyed trepidation as he tries to shimmy and swing like a spider and his clenched-jaw determination as he tries to jump like a grasshopper." School Library Journal
"The seriously simple text, sometimes with just one repeated word per spread, makes excellent use of action verbs, so this could serve equally well as a beginning reader and a readaloud cue for some audience action." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books