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Gone Fishing: A novel in verse Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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Sam can’t wait to go fishing with his father, until his little sister, Lucy, worms her way into their trip. Told in engaging verse that’s just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers, Wissinger’s novel artfully captures both the thrill of the catch and the aggravation of younger siblings (especially when they’re catching more fish). Loosely drawn black-and-white sketches highlight Sam’s moods, including his eventual excitement as he finally manages to reel in the big one. Wissinger identifies each poem format, from haiku, ode, and double dactyl to blues poem, counting poem, and list poem, and even includes poems told in multiple voices. The author extends the fishing metaphor with an appended “Poet’s Tackle Box,” which explains how rhyme and rhythm work as well as such poetry “bait” as alliteration, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. She also describes each poem format used and provides a bibliography of additional poetry resources. A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry. Grades 1-4. --Angela Leeper
"A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip. . . . This tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers."
"Engaging verse that's just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers. . . A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry."
"All of Sam's episodes take the form of poems, each discreetly labeled by its poetic form, which is then defined at the end of the book. . . most will enjoy the notion that there are as many ways to tell a tale as to catch a fish."
"This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. . . . Wissinger deftly plies her craft to ensure that the use of poetry enhances the readability of the story"
—School Library Journal, starred review
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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!).
Great book, great poems!
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.