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Shoo Fly!

  • 795

By: Iza Trapani

"Shoo fly! Don't Bother me..."

Iza Trapani adds Shoo Fly! to her delightful collection of extended nursery rhymes. Children will giggle and laugh while they sing along with this charming tale of an adorable little mouse who goes to great lengths to avoid being bugged by a mischievous fly. Follow along as the little mouse runs, trips, and stumbles in search of a hiding place and some peace from this happily buzzing pest.

Young readers will be tickled by this fun-filled rhyme and its bright, energetic illustrations.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Iza Trapani, author/illustrator

Iza Trapani is the best-selling author/illustrator of several children's books, including Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, I'm a Little Teapot, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.

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Awards & Honors:


  • IRA/CBC Children's Choices
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Book Award


Editorial Reviews:

School Library Journal

Take a perky song, extend it, surround it with effervescent illustrations, and you have a winner. An intrepid little mouse spends quite a while fighting a very persistent fly. At the end of the battle of wits, both youngsters are lovingly tucked into bed by their respective parents. The illustrations are sure to delight as familiar household items figure int he skirmish. When rather traditional mouse parents tuck in their wee child, observant readers will enjoy the sponge-and-crayon bed and cork hobbyhorse. The music and words to all of the verses are included on the last page. Any library with Trapani fans will want a copy of Shoo Fly! and those who haven't tried her previous adaptations could start with this one.

Parent and Baby

In another of Iza Trapani's well-known picture books based on nursery rhymes or songs, an adorable mouse tries to escape from a determined fly. Children will giggle with delight as they watch the mouse sneak away, hide, swat and run from his persistent aerial companion. As her audience has come to expect, Iza's exuberant illustrations fill the pages of the book with energy and joy, keeping the reading moving, wondering what will happen next.

Hudson Valley

Polish-born illustrator Iza Trapani, a resident of Rifton, Ulster County, is well-known for her books based on popular children's songs and nursery rhymes. Following in the tradition of The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is the delightful Shoo Fly!. In Trapani's version, an adorable young mouse is mercilessly teased by a crafty green fly. The illustrations, charged with energy and color, do a fine job of portraying eh antics of the two adversaries.

The Reading Teacher

Shoo Fly! is based on the song, "Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me!" The lyrics involve wonderful play with language, and the illustrations are a vivid and animated representation of the words. The book is great fun!


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-076-2

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ISBN: 000-0-00000-000-0
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Ages: 2-5
Page count: 32
8 3/8 x 9 5/8

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