Just when you think the ever-growing graphic-novel format has touched on every subject under the sun, a new one bobs to the surface. This tale of an old fisherman and his cat fishing off the Pacific coast is, without a doubt, gorgeous. In expansive picture-book form (with sequential-art page compositions), La Fave�s lushly embellished settings and friendly, lived-in figures are a joy to look at, and the muted blues and grays saturate the pages with a nautical feel. The story also rings authentic, with a diagram of the fishing boat and mysterious terms like �special hoochies� and �wobblers,� right down to the camaraderie among the fishing crews and local businessmen. Unfortunately, the prose is dense and so literal in approach that young readers may be baffled, especially since, though it claims to be based on actual events, it is less a story than a recounting of the ups and downs of a fishing season. Best suited perhaps as a classroom book for children exploring unusual professions or worlds. Grades 1-3. --Jesse Karp
About the Author
Gary Kent grew up in Vancouver and received his BA from the University of British Columbia. He was a commercial fisherman and salmon troller for ten years and is now a furniture maker and instructor at the Inside Passage School of Fine Woodworking. He lives in Roberts Creek, BC.
Left: Gary Kent, right, with Puss and illustrator Kim La Fave. Photo by Manuel Sierra Sanchez-Medal.Kim La Fave
, a Governor General's Award-winning artist, is the illustrator of Amos's Sweater
(by Janet Lunn) -- winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for illustration -- Follow That Star
(by Kenneth Oppel), I Am Small
(by Cherrie Fitch), the bestselling The Bones and Skeleton Book
(by Steven Cumbaa) and many other children's books. He lives in Roberts Creek, BC.