13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavenrich, illustrated by David Clark (9781580898904)
In this hilarious reverse counting book, various creatures consume the thirteen flies. The various flies are given their specific species names as they are eaten. Facts are also shared about each of the predators. The book is inviting and offers a humorous take on the science of eating flies. There are frogs that eat them, spiders, other insects, fish, birds, bats, and even one human (who eats the last fly by mistake!) And remember, even as these 13 flies are eaten, more are emerging all the time.
Heavenrich takes clear glee in sharing strange and fascinating ways that flies can be eaten. She shares facts that will have children turning the pages to discover the next amazing piece of information. Even those who think they know all about insects, frogs and animals will be intrigued by some of the data. After all, who wouldn’t want to learn about a fungus that turns a fly into a zombie!
The art in this nonfiction picture book adds to the joy of the text. Clark creates dramatic moments with his humorous illustrations, depicting the last moments of each fly’s life just before they are eaten. The googly-eyed flies are full of gangly legs, beating wings and despair.
The ultimate in gross and cool nonfiction. Appropriate for ages 5-8.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Charlesbridge.
2 thoughts on “13 Ways to Eat a Fly by Sue Heavenrich”
Tasha, thanks for sharing my book! And you’re right – I did take some glee in sharing the demise of flies. Because… zombies! and carnivorous plants! Despite all those fly-eaters, we seem to have no shortage of Diptera.
So glad that the glee I felt was something you meant to convey! Thanks so much for commenting!
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