32 pages, colour illustrations
Swat!: A Fly's Guide to Staying Alive tells in cartoon form about the life of a housefly and the many dangers it faces. It is a fun tale...as well as an engaging one for children, and informative too, based on the real facts of life. As life is not very easy at the best of times, our humble housefly hero Buzzter is coached in survival by the wise old bluebottle Professor Hector Halfbottle. Along the way he encounters such hungry horrors as flytraps, spiders, lizard, frogs and birds, as well as the fly's worst enemy – Man. So if you are a fly, learn to be aware…and absolutely on your guard. As the author himself states, "this book is ideal for any child who adores death, destruction, peril and poo!"
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Mike Barfield was born in Leicester and having gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Biology at King's College, London, he then decided to embark on a career in writing, comedy, poetry and performance... and producing cartoons too. He has written for Spitting Image and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, whilst his 'Apparently...' cartoon has featured regularly in Private Eye. He is also a published poet and performer and was runner up in BBC Radio 5 Live's last World Cup Song Contest. He is still passionate about wildlife and in the present book marries his love of cartoons with his great interest in the natural world and, by so doing, is able to bring interesting and important facts to a young readership.