Ruth Paul is a New Zealand author and illustrator living in Wellington. Previous titles include My Dinosaur Dad, Stomp!, The Animal Undie Ball, The Little White Lie. She has won numerous awards, including Children’s Choice and Picture Book categories at the NZ Post Children’s Books Awards 2008 with her book The King’s Bubble.
It’s a drizzly grey day and a very grumpy fly gets into all sorts of bother. First of all he nearly gets splatted by the rain, and nearly gets caught by a frog. He goes from bad to worse, chased by a crocodile and then Tiger gets in the act trying to swat him out of the sky. The story then goes on to have all of them ganging up together – rather unsuccessfully I might add.
This book is written in rhyming verse with fabulous illustrations and lots of action to keep a child interested. The little girl that I read this to is 4 years old. Abby adored the story, laughing at the grumpy flies antics. She particularly liked Tiger trying to chase the fly and ending up with a lily pad on his head.
The suggested age range for this book is 2 – 6 years old. It would be a great book for a young reader to read for themselves.
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
Bye-Bye Grumpy Fly
by Ruth Paul
Published by Scholastic NZ