Buzz Boy and Fly Guy

Tips for "Buzz Boy and Fly Guy"

As You Read:

Tedd Arnold purposefully put several onomatopoeias in this story, including Buzz's name! Talk to your child about what an onomatopoeia is (a sound word like BANG, BOOM, SPLAT, etc) and see if your child can identify some in the story as you read. Start off by giving some examples and see if your child can provide some as well before you move on so that you can ensure that they understand what onomatopoeias are.


Extending the Story:

Once you've finished the book, encourage your child to write a short summary about the book (who the characters were, what happened in the story, how it ended, etc.) Then encourage your child to illustrate the summary with a picture that they think encompasses the story. If you and your child want to get crafty, try this cool Fly Guy craft from Happy Birthday Author!

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...