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