Super Fly by Todd H Doodler
Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN: 9781619633780
Themes: Bullying; Comedy; Super - heroes; Insects. Eugene Flystein is the central character in this amusing book written by Doodler (not his real name!). Eugene is starting at the new school in Stinkopolous (on the edge of the city dump). He is not a big, bold fly and immediately meets the bully in the school - Cornelius Cockroach. The rest of the story explains how Eugene transforms into Super Fly - The World's Smallest Superhero (with the support of his only friend Fred Flea) in a classic super-hero fight against evil. Not surprisingly, part of the appeal of this book is the 'disgusting' world that flies and insects inhabit.
Young readers will find this enjoyable, with the references to gross food, environments and overcoming the mean cockroach. Doodler illustrates the story with cartoon-like quirky drawings. This is a simple tale designed to entertain, and it hints at a sequel.