I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
by Bridget Heos
Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Henry Holt, 2015. Nonfiction, 40 p.
In this nonfiction picture book, a fly feels slighted because school classes always study butterflies instead of houseflies. Sure, butterflies are beautiful and go through amazing metamorphosis, but houseflies are cool too. They also go through metamorphosis, have way more children than butterflies do, and make a cool sound with their wings. A fly's wings beat 200 times for second (a butterfly's only 12-15), and they help clean up the world by eating garbage and refuse. Sure, they spread germs and disease, but hey, nobody is perfect. Pleca's colorful cartoon illustrations, complete with word bubbles, add fun to Heo's informal, informative and lively text. This is a cute science book about an under-represented part of everyone's summer picnic.