The Fly by Petr Horacek

The Fly

Written by Petr Horacek

Baby and Toddler   

The Lovereading4Kids comment

The dramatic and entertaining story of the humble house fly! No one much likes the house fly being in a house. But, as he shows here, he isn’t really doing any harm! Everywhere he goes he is in danger of getting smashed by the fly swot but all he wants is to eat a little and drink a little and, when he’s outside, visit the cows. Is there anything very much wrong with that? An amusing story which introduces the nice side of a house fly! ~ Julia Eccleshare


The Fly by Petr Horacek

Hello! It's me - the house fly. Open my book and take a look inside. There's never a dull moment. The Fly doesn't understand why people won't share their food with him, or play with him...and why do they keep trying to swat him? He's not doing any harm.


Painted, textured collage mixed with large crayoned speech bubbles makes for fun interactive reading. Irish Times

The very real fear of the fly-swat is made tangible through a neat but deadly flap and the fly's final plea as the book closes is an excellent joke to end on. Julie Eccleshare, Guardian

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek’s bold and imaginative illustrations continue to captivate children and critics. His stories, often about loyalty and belonging, are told with an instinctive warmth and humour and are beautifully brought to life through his evocative use of colour and texture. He has won many awards around the world for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012. He lives in Worcester.

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Book Info


36 pages


Petr Horacek
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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st May 2011




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