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Swat!: A Fly's Guide to Staying Alive Paperback – Illustrated, 16 Apr 2013
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... In short, for those who may be trying to prompt an entomological interest in their own progeny, or those of others, this book is fun and informative addition to your armoury. Indeed, strategically deployed alongside other useful weaponry such as the plastic insect collection, butterfly net, collection jar with built-in magnifying glass and DVD compilation featuring Ants, A Bug's Life and Bee Movie, it may yet help to convince George Jr. that there's more to life than dinasaurs! --Dr. Dave George, Antenna
...Crammed with colourful and clever cartoons, the drawings are cute and reasonably accurate (although I've never seen a housefly wearing a spacesuit) and they tell the story well enough that this book is excellent for new or beginning readers and they will also delight children who are more advanced readers. ...This amusing, non-fiction children's book is 32 pages long and would make a delightful addition to any young child's bookshelves. As the author states, 'this book is ideal for any child who adores death, destruction, peril and poo ... even boys will surely love to read it.' --GRRLScientist, theguardian.com
Every page in it is covered in colourful cartoons and witty words...If you are young, or young at heart, buy this book! --The Bug Club Magazine
... 'Swat, A Fly's Guide to Staying Alive' is so cleverly written. Its layout is similar to comic strips and its content is very comical, however it's actually a factual and informative book all about flies and other fascinating insects! ... With a RRP of just £6.99, this paperback book would make a great gift particularly for boys given the insect theme! This gets a very easy 5 out of 5 from us. --Natasha Kolb, What's Good To Do
This is a lovely book, beautifully illustrated and packed with interesting information. You are taken on a journey of a house fly and all he experiences in his fight to survive from the dangers and predators that he encounters. This was extremely humorous, thoroughly entertaining and educational too. My 8-year old son enjoyed this book very much and I would certainly recommend it. --www.letsgowiththechildren.co.uk
This is a lovely book, beautifully illustrated and packed with interesting information. You are taken on a journey of a house fly and all he experiences in his fight to survive from the dangers and predators that he encounters. This was extremely humorous thoroughly entertaining and educational too. My 8 year old son enjoyed this book very much and I would certainly recommend it. --www.letsgowiththechildren.co.uk
An amusing and fast-paced story rooted in scientific fact that would make a welcome additon to any primary classroom. --Primary Science
About the Author
Torn between a love of art, comedy, comics and wildlife, Mike Barfield did a 1st Class Honours biology degree at King's College, London. He then switched to a comedy writing career and has written for all sorts of famous shows, including Spitting Image and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Since 1996, his 'Apparently...' cartoon has been a regular feature in Private Eye. He is also a published poet and performer and was runner-up in BBC Radio Five Live's last World Cup Sing Contest.
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