We had a pretty good rain recently that put some water back in our river. Hallelujah!! So the Mom Person decided we should go down and do a little fishing. Fishing?!
This is my idea of Fishing —
This is the Mom Person’s idea of Fishing —
Now tell me — does that look like fun?!
We didn’t catch any fish. We saw some fish. And a crawdad. And some raccoon tracks. We did not catch any fish. So we went back to the house to read some books about catching fish. The Mom Person’s answer to every problem.
Gone Fishing, a Novel in Verse is an excellent book by Tamera Will Wissinger and illustrated with much whimsy by Matthew Cordell. It was published in 2013 by Houghton Mifflin.
Ms Wissinger “was inspired to write this novel in verse, her first book, after writing ‘Night Crawlers,’ a poem that stemmed from childhood memories of night crawler hunting with her mom and dad before fishing trips.” This is a thoroughly FUN book! It is a collection of poems that fit together one right after another to tell a story about a young lad, Sam, who is sooooooooo looking forward to going fishing tomorrow with JUST his DAD. But then his little sister Lucy wants to come too! And Dad lets her!! Sam goes through a lot of frustration and anger at first, but then discovers that sisters aren’t all that bad. A great book about sibling rivalry and finding a common bond.
At the back of the book is The Poet’s Tackle Box with lots of information about writing poetry. An excellent resource!
I love this book!!
The next book we read was a shorter, more flamboyant book – Fishing in the Air. This one is by one of my all time favorite authors, Sharon Creech, who wrote Love That Dog. And Fishing in the Air is illustrated by another favorite – Chris Raschka who did The Daisy Books and several cool Jazz books. Fishing in the Air is another tale of boy and Dad going fishing. No sister this time. They dig up worms and pack two poles and a sack of sandwiches. And Dad says “We’re going on a journey. To a secret place. We’ll catch the air! We’ll catch a breeze!” This is a story about the magical world all around us. Where street lamps become moons and trees become soldiers and birds become singing angels. The boy and his Dad fish in the clear, cool river and talk about when the Dad was a boy. This is a magical book with magical pictures and a clear, cool river. Ahhhhhhh!
I love this book, too!!
I hope that you will visit the author and illustrator websites by clicking on their names above. I think that you will find yourself entertained.
And here is a little video of Mr Raschka in his studio – enjoy!
I wish you Joyful days of fishing for magic in the clear, cool river —
Any book that includes a writer’s tackle box is definitely high on my list of “must reads”! Thanks for sharing these books – and I agree with you, Rhythm – catching the fish with your teeth makes more sense than with a hook & line.
Right?! And that Tackle Box is FULL of handy stuff if you want to write a poem! That hook and line business is just a mess. And worms! Yuck!
Great fishing post, Rhythm. What were you fishing for — a shoe or toy? Tell you mom great selection on fishing books. I am especially intrigued with Fishing in the Air. I’ve written a fishing MS, but haven’t done anything with it. Enjoyed the video of Chris Raschka.
Thanks Ms Tilton. Toys! Always toys. I like to sniff shoes and sometimes lick them, but I’ve never fished one out of the river. I think you would really like the Fishing in the Air book. It is really lovely. You should get to work on that fishing story!!
I love Gone Fishing too. Your fishing trip looked fun!
Did you do a review or something about Gone Fishing? Because it sounds like your kind of story. And the Mom Person doesn’t remember where she heard about it. But I’m glad she heard about it somewhere because it sure is a fun story!
Yes, I mentioned it when I had a mini blogging break a little while back :0)
Well, thank you for discovering it!! We sure enjoyed it!
Your idea of fishing looks like my idea of fun!
I guess it’s a dog thing.
OMGoodness, Rhythm! That fishing hat is hilarious! I have never been fishing, but once Mom gave me a piece of her tuna sandwich. That is something like fishing….
Love and licks,
You can borrow my hat anytime!! It might be a little big for you though — you might could sleep in it! I believe that tuna is a fish — so that’s fishing for sure.
I so happy for you that your river has water again. Great!
It is a GOOD thing!
What’s a crawdad? …there sounds like there might be a bad joke lurking in there somewhere…
I’m sure your wiley brain could find that joke in there! A crawdad is kind of a miniature lobster. I think that some people call them crawfish? But they aren’t a fish. People like to eat them, but looking at the thing, it didn’t seem worth the trouble.
Ah yes. I am familiar with the crawfish. I agree. Not particularly appetising.
Great Post! And thanks for the video on Chris Raschka!
Thanks Ms Kogan! And you’re welcome! That Mr Raschka is a pretty fascinating gentleman.
Cool video! Great books! I like your version (and the Mom person’s) of fishing! 😀
Thanks Erik! You like going fishing with those poles? I don’t see the fun in that. They just get in the way!
Great pictures 🙂 That’s one smart dog!