The Pesky Fly

Children - Grade K-3rd
24 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2019
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Author Biography

Vance Durrington is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He grew up in Wichita, KS. In his younger days, Vance taught middle school and high school in Ballinger, TX. Vance now lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife, Jeanne, and their two dogs, Belle and Sassy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dawn Weaver for Readers' Favorite

The Pesky Fly is a charming and entertaining story by Vance Durrington. It describes what happens when a pesky fly decides to annoy every member of the family, including the dog! Follow this busy, buzzing fellow as he swoops from person to person, disrupting daily routines. Whether he is frightening Gran, taking a bite of the lunch Dad is preparing or making Mom scatter her papers, this fly has quite a big effect for being such a tiny insect. The beautiful watercolor illustrations by Melissa Bailey not only tell the story but provide the perfect comical backdrop to the words themselves. Children will enjoy repeating, “Go away pesky fly!” as they read along with this delightful story and find out what finally happens to that fly.

Have you ever been simply trying to enjoy a beautiful day, a juicy apple, a good book, or a quiet moment and suddenly an annoying insect ruined it? I’m sure we all have. That is the background for The Pesky Fly by Vance Durrington. It is a delightful story that children will love to have read to them, especially when they can jump in on hollering at the pesky fly. This book would be perfect for classrooms and for family fun times. I loved Melissa Bailey’s watercolor illustrations; they are beautiful, skillful, and hilarious all at the same time. As children experience this book, I’m sure they will want to trace the pesky fly’s trail through the family and right to the end.


Cant wsit for the sequel the pesky little brother


This is a simple book to read aloud. I liked the repetitive nature so that young readers can begin to recognize words because they are used several times throughout the book.


A cute book that everyone can identify with—especially in the South! Kids will think this is funny and the vibrant illustrations will make everyone smile!

Amazon Customer

My grandchildren loved when the fly flew away. My favorite page was the fly eating the M&M candy. Fun, colorful illustrations!


A Cute book that kids will relate to this summer as those pesky flies buzzzzz around their heads. Thumbs up!

Faith sims

This is such a cute book. I look forward to reading to my grandchildren on the next visit. I know they will enjoy the rhyming words.

Judy Luca

Great first reader book, fun for little ones as well. Love the illustrations! So cute!

Rhonda Stone

Read this to my granddaughter and she loved it. Hope to see more. I thought it was a very sweet little book


Cute from beginning to end. Little fly just want to be pesky to a real family. Loved it.

Wendy T

Cute book with great illustrations! .

Lonny R Caughron

The kids loved it. Thanks Vance


We read this to my 6 yr old who is learning to read. He enjoyed it and asked to read it several nights in a row.


As a native coastal North Carolinian, this book is perfect to use to describe what we as children called “fly season” — enjoy!

Judi Repman

My five year old grandson and I reviewed a pre-publication copy of The Pesky Fly. He gave it infinity stars and really loved the rhyming story and the illustrations.


I give this book 5 stars very cute for children to read. I would highly recommend this book. A book you can read more than on time.

Laura T. Young

The Pesky Fly is a story about a fly who is driving everyone crazy - even the family dog! The illustrations and bright and fun, and the story line is easy to read and easy to follow. Definitely recommend!

Vonya Clark

This is a simple book to read aloud. I liked the repetitive nature so that young readers can begin to recognize words because they are used several times throughout the book.

Joanne Lefferson

Fun story. Great illustrations.