The Fly by Petr Horacek

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 trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He won the Books for Children Newcomer Award with Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? He is also the creator of the loveable Suzy Goose character who has featured in Silly Suzy Goose, Look Out, Suzy Goose and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters. Click here to read an interview with Petr.

As a child

"I grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Just outside our flat there was a wood where I spent lots of time playing with friends. We would climb on piles of soil or build bunkers from forgotten builder’s materials. I always wanted to be an illustrator, but I preferred to look at the pictures inside the books rather than to read them. I would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up my sketchbook with pictures and images from the story. I started to read books quite late, but I haven’t stopped since."

As an adult

"I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague where I painted and drew for six years. Some of my pictures were as big as a double bed! Every autumn the teachers drove us to the countryside where they left us for a few weeks (once even a few months!) to paint and draw the landscape. Since then I have adored the autumn. One day an English girl called Claire came into my studio and before I knew it, I was living in England. We are married now and I love England, but it took me some time to learn English – in fact, I’m still learning."

As an artist

"My two daughters Tereza and Cecilia are the biggest inspiration for my work. I started to work on children’s books when Tereza was born. For my first books, Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?, I received the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001. It was presented to me in a restaurant and we had a nice lunch. I still remember the lunch and I still have the trophy. I like doing novelty books best. I think it’s very exciting looking through the holes in the pages and seeing what will happen if I turn one more page!

Things you didn't know about Petr Horacek

I love children's drawings.
I love looking at the sky.
I love walking in woods and picking mushrooms.
I love snow and I know how to ski.
I love cakes (any cakes!) and vanilla ice cream (or any other ice cream!).
I love playing tennis and I play as much as I can.
I love watching people walking their dogs.
I love music – from the very old to the very loud and rattley.
I love listening to the radio. I record programmes I can't listen to, then pile the recorded tapes on top of my hi-fi.
I can't spell. (It's rather embarrassing.)

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36 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2011




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