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Summary: There are only 10 players on Buzz' football team. This is Fly Guy's chance to make the team. He is a fly, after all, so it was hard for him to kick, tackle, and catch a pass. But he practiced with Buzz, went to the game, and cheered for the team. When the new player got hurt, coach needed Fly Guy. They had to have a touchdown. Would Fly Guy be the hero? This is an illustrated chapter book in the Fly Guy series of easy readers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, easy reader, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 1.6
Age of Child: Read by 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "Cool! It's Fly Guy!" Our first grader immediately grabbed the book and started reading. Most of the words were familiar to her, so she polished the book pretty quickly, then went back to look at the pictures.
Adult Reader Reaction: The Fly Guy books are fun, creative stories. They are simply told but still have plenty of action and a clever twist. There is enough word play to entertain parents, even through multiple readings.
Pros: Simple text, cartoon-like illustrations, and plenty of action make these fun stories for kids learning to read. It's about football and a football hero ... boys will love it.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. These books can go either way. They are fun to share with pre-readers and will likely be read a lot by emerging readers. Still, they do have a shelf life and may not be eternal family classics.
Educational Themes: Like the other books in the Fly Guy series, these are books to help kids learn to read. There is plenty of repetition to aide in helping them practice their sight words. The story offers humor and a nice message about perseverance, a positive attitude, and doing your best.