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What a great way to engage non-readers. This story is about a dad who takes his son fishing...but, wait...the annoying sister wants to go, too. At the end of the day, it all works out. But, it's the STYLE of the chapter book that makes this fun to read. Each "chapter" is a poem...Under the poem title is the type of poem (which the author defines at the back of the book). And...trust me...the poems are quite clever. Illustrations are nicely done, too. Author also provides brief information about writing poems at the back of the book, which is neat! My boys (ages 5-12) really like this book. We don't own a lot of books -- only the ones we tend to borrow from the library repeatedly. This would also be great as a gift. Buy it!
Tamera Wissinger's novel-in-verse GONE FISHING is one of the funnest books I've read all year! Following Sam, a boy whose fishing trip with his father seems doomed when his sister Lucy finagles her way into joining, the story is made up of poems of various forms, all used inventively to strike different moods, from funny to disappointment to triumph.
The fun of this book--and the virtuosity of Wissinger's language--are captured well by the first two stanzas of "A Fishy Spell," a curse poem in Sam's voice. Sam has just found Lucy playing with all of his fishing things, and here is his reaction: "May a worm crawl up your nose, / Leeches creep between your toes. / May your nails be caked with dirt. / Maybe a bug fly up your skirt." What humor, what tone, what whimsy!
Kids who love fishing, humor, and fun will ADORE this book! These poems would also work wonderfully in the classroom--they're elegant, fluent, and fun, perfect for reading aloud (indeed, some of the poems are even meant for multiple voices!).
This is a great book to celebrate and learn various forms of poetry. I used it with two classes that were not thrilled that I was so excited about Poetry and they ended up enjoying it. The story is well developed and flows easily. Some of the poems are more enjoyable than others but on the whole the book is well written and some parts are very funny. I even had a request from a teacher to use this book again with her class next year.