Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
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Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.
 

About Tamera Will Wissinger

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Tamera Wissinger was inspired to write this novel-in-verse after writing "Night Crawlers," a poem that stemmed from her fun childhood memories of night crawler hunting with her dad before fishing trips. A graduate of Hamline University's MFA Writing for Children program, Tamera Wissinger shares her time between Chicago and Florida. This is her first book. Mattthew Cordell and his brother Eric were all-around best buds. They grew up in a small town in South Carolina, where his family would often take fishing trips together. Matthew lives in Illinois with his family. He is the illustrator of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg and Justin Case by Rachel Vail.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Gone Fishing: A novel

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Newcomer Wissinger offers a collection of more than 40 poems, which join to form a novel in verse about a family’s fishing trip. Sam is initially distraught when his sister, Lucy, worms her way into h

Dec 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Gone Fishing: A novel

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Newcomer Wissinger offers a collection of more than 40 poems, which join to form a novel in verse about a family’s fishing trip. Sam is initially distraught when his sister, Lucy, worms her way into h

Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Gone Fishing: A novel

Gr 1–4—This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. Wissinger adroitly uses a variety of poetic forms to express nine-year-old Sam's excitement about an upcoming outing with his father: "Hip-hip, hooray!/It's fishing day./Yo-ho yippe...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Gone Fishing: A novel

Gr 1–4—This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. Wissinger adroitly uses a variety of poetic forms to express nine-year-old Sam's excitement about an upcoming outing with his father: "Hip-hip, hooray!/It's fishing day./Yo-ho yippe...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Gone Fishing: A novel

Gr 1–4—This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. Wissinger adroitly uses a variety of poetic forms to express nine-year-old Sam's excitement about an upcoming outing with his father: "Hip-hip, hooray!/It's fishing day./Yo-ho yippe...

Jul 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Gone Fishing: A novel

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