A Notable Children’s Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia










UWA Press, Australia
Puffin, Australia


This is a newer edition of a book of the same title previously published by Macdonald in the UK and illustrated by Mike Dodd.


Dad is having a quiet nap when he is disturbed by a buzzing fly. He tries to swat it with a rolled-up newspaper but the nimble fly escapes, leading Dad on a merry dance. The fly finds himself in all sorts of trouble – and so does Dad.


A delight to read aloud. The audience will want to hear it again and again. The story is told with exuberance and panache. The whole book jumps with joy and play. Australian Book Review


An exuberant, humorous picture book to delight young readers. A successful book to read aloud with appealing rhymes, easy rhythms and a wicked sense of fun. Children’s Book Council 


The sort of humour that will appeal to young children. The Courier


This book is cool. Family Circle


A humorous story – where we all recognise ourselves. Lollipops


A good book to help the littlies appreciate rhyme and rhythm. A big impact picture book. The Singing Tree


An effective book, wonderful for beginning readers, and sure to bring a smile to all ages. Department of Education


The kids will get a buzz out of this one. Parents Magazine


Full of special insights. The Post