Tiny Little Fly
Hooray for the little guy! Keep reading…
Tiny Little Fly, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron, is a story that champions the little guy. Flying around, minding his own business, a tiny little fly encounters a great big elephant, a great big hippo and a great big tiger; each animal becomes determined to get rid of the annoying fly. Not able to compete in size, the tiny little fly outwits the other animals, leaving behind a big mess. I love how the words roll off your tongue when you read this story out loud. With its rhythm and beat, you can almost chant it to the beat of an African drum.
Big and bold, the illustrations captivate me. In this larger than average book (size wise), the reader really gets the sense of scale between the animals and tiny little fly. Even the treatment of the art is big and bold, with warm earth tones, sweeping brush strokes and grainy textures. The pencil and gouache illustrations were finessed on the computer, as Waldron added texture to the hand-drawn illustrations and then manipulated them to look old and worn. I didn’t realize it when I brought it, but the book comes with a four-page foldout showing the mayhem and mess that the tiny fly left behind. I like surprises, so I was delighted by this discovery.
Tiny Little Fly, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author Michael Rosen
Both Michael Rosen’s parents were teachers, and his childhood was rich in stories and books that they shared with him. Born and raised in Harrow, Middlesex, England, Waldron’s plan had been to become a doctor. Halfway through his studies at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, Waldron had a change of heart and switched his major to English Language and Literature. Finally pleased with the new direction he was taking, Waldron has been writing ever since.
Not one to sit still, Rosen is always keeping busy with acting, directing plays, writing or broadcasting for BBC Radio. To keep up with Michael Rosen, follow him on his website at www.michaelrosen.co.uk
Illustrator Kevin Waldron
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kevin Waldron graduated with a degree in graphic design and has a Master of Art in illustration from the University of Kingston in London, England.
I am always tickled pink when an author or an illustrator, takes time out of their busy schedule to reply to a fan mail.
“Walker books contacted me about illustrating some text by Michael Rosen. He hadn’t actually finished the rhyme at this stage but we had the guts of the story and our main characters in place. I drew the tiger first and it really set the tone for what was to follow visually. All the while I was painting the characters I would get edited versions of Michael’s text, so it was very interesting for me to observe the progression. We worked hard on our compositions, playing with scale and timing in particular. This project took a long time to complete; it was a battle to keep the spreads as simple as possible and yet engaging and aesthetically pleasing. “
– Kevin Waldron –
There isn’t a lot of biographical detail about our friend Kevin Waldron, but there is plenty of art to look at when you visit his website at www.kevinwaldron.co.uk
Publisher Candlewick (November 9, 2010)