If you’ve never met Fly Guy and Buzz, the big-eyed friends in Tedd Arnold’s easy reader series, it might be that you have younger children who haven’t yet made the leap to that level of books. With his newest creation, picture book readers can join in the fun, too! A Pet for Fly Guy keeps all the lighthearted fun of the easy reader books in the picture book size and story format.
After an opening introduction similar to those found in the other Fly Guy books, the unlikely friendship between young Buzz and his tiny buggy pal takes center stage. Like any friends, they love to hang out and play together, and in this story, they spend the day at the park doing just that. Soon they become aware of the pairs of kids and their pets all around them, and poor Fly Guy realizes that he has no pet. So starts Buzz’s quest to find the perfect pet for his flying friend.
At the pet store, Buzz presents Fly Guy with potential pet after potential pet… with only silly results. A dog’s lick leaves Fly Guy dripping, and don’t even think about what could happen with a pet frog! Sadly, there seems to be no pet to be found who likes to play and be a good friend to Fly Guy! Or is there?
My six-year-old, newly independently reading son actually cheered when he saw the cover of this book peeking out from my review pile. He has several of the easy reader Fly Guy books, and he always giggles at the playful nature of the stories. In picture book style, the fun remains the same, earning this read thumbs up from both my son and me.