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Roger Is Going Fishing Hardcover – September 4, 2017
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Roger riding, Bob in the basket,
Emily in back."
Along the way Emily catches many tokens off of the crowded city sidewalks without even casting the rod. She snags parcels, a skateboard, three sheep and one cow, just to cite a few!! Wow... she's very good!! With each item she hooks she yells...
"Roger, Roger, I've got a bite...
"No, you can't fish here...
Wait until we're at the lake!"
The angry, disgruntled crowd, all victims of a grab-and-pedal-off thief, start to chase after the three determined to get what's been pilfered from them back.
Everyone ends up at the lake, then in the lake, which cools tempers off and mellows the emotions. A huge sense of relief is released and the appeased crowd start enjoying themselves. They all end up that evening around a blazing camp fire happily singing kumbaya and enjoying each other's company.
The fun delightful illustrations bring the words to life and the message of the book is positive and up-beat. I know kids will tackle it with glee.
Then I run across Roger Is Going Fishing.
Roger and Emily are off to the lake to go fishing. On the way, Emily accidentally catches a few non-fish. It's a cumulative tale, with just a splash of rhyme and repetition, without being annoyingly so. And the whole tale has a satisfying ending.