A flying boy and seven bees are chased by fleas, but an unexpected friendship forms.
Bryce McFee is an ordinary boy bored with washing the flea-ridden family dog. So, he escapes to his imagination and flies across the backyard with a dandelion and seven bees. Trouble strikes when a swarm of pesky fleas gives chase, threatening to ruin his adventure. Ultimately, an unlikely friendship is formed between the flying boy and the fleas. A fun rhyming story that exercises the imagination.
- A boy who needs to give his dog a bath will do anything to get out of the chore in this picture book – including teaming up with fleas for his escape.
- Short but effective sentences and monorhyme make for a punchy and engaging read.
- Shows readers how to use their imaginations to ‘escape’ when boredom strikes, though the job is finished in the end, too.
- Colourful illustrations with stylish hand lettering, and an imaginative backyard tale.
Australian children’s book author and illustrator Dave Petzold is interested in the little things that go unnoticed, the things we take for granted. “My stories are born out of a love of nature, adventure, and a desire to show that, if you look a little closer, there is more to life than what you see on the surface,” he says. His writing invites the reader on a journey of discovery in the hope they will discover something about themselves, too. Graphite pencil, screen-printing techniques, and digital collage are used in creating his illustrations.
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels
Guided Reading Level: L
Grade Level Equivalent: 2
Picture book, Story elements: setting; yard, plot and character development, main character, Bryce McFee, first person point of view, rhythm and rhyme, poetry, Illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Comprehension strategies: identify cause and effect relationships and changes from beginning to end of the story. Themes: creative imagination, dogs, fleas.
Interest Age: 5 to 8 years
Reading Age: 7 to 8 years
JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
World rights available, except for Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, China, the UK and the US.
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