Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
The first in a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures, The Fly is a look at the common housefly. It covers such topics as the hair on the fly's body (requires a lot of shaving), its ability to walk on the ceiling (it's pretty cool, but it's hard to play soccer up there), and its really disgusting food tastes (garbage juice soup followed by dirty diaper with rotten tomato sauce, for example). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Fly contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.
About the author
ELISE GRAVEL a écrit et illustré une vingtaine d'albums jeunesse. La jeune auteure use d'un humour mordant pour exprimer ses vues et éveiller le sens critique de ses jeunes lecteurs. Elise a remporté le prix du Gouverneur général en 2012 dans la catégorie illustrations pour son livre La clé à molette.
ELISE GRAVEL has won a Governor General's Award for illustration, two Applied Arts Awards and a Grafika award. She also was short-listed for Mr. Christie's Book Award. She has written and illustrated several books for children in both French and English. Elise lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Praise for previous Disgusting Critters:
"Gross-out potential, for sure--but also likely to give larval entomologists a mild buzz..." - Kirkus Reviews
"Each page has incredible visual appeal and is very eye-catching.... Gravel's ability to turn the most disgusting fact into an adorable drawing is remarkable.... This series is a must-read for children who like the world's most unlikeable creatures. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine
"Fact-filled enough to satisfy those interested in flies, yet with enough charm to grab those who aren't. This is a great entry into a series kids will likely latch onto." - School Library Journal