VerseDay #9 : GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger

Gone FishingThis week VerseDay is delighted to wish a slightly belated HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger, published Tuesday from Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Both an entertainment and an education, GONE FISHING is a delightful exploration of poetic forms, tied up in an exploration of family relationships. Deceptively simple language draws readers into some pretty complex forms and emotions in a story wherein our hero, Sam struggles with jealousy and ambition on a fishing trip with his dad and sister.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say:

Using a wide variety of poetic forms – quatrains, ballads, iambic meter, rhyming lists, concrete poetry, tercets and free verse –this debut author tells the story of a nine-year-old boy’s day of fishing. Sibling rivalry, the bond between father and son, the excitement – and difficulty — of fishing all add up to a day of adventure any child would want to experience. 

Matthew Cordell illuminates this novel-in-verse throughout with his energetic black-and-white line drawings. 

While each poem can be read and enjoyed on its own, the poems work together to create a story arc with conflict, crisis, resolution and character growth.

The back matter of this book equips the reader with a Poet’s Tackle Box of tools and definitions for understanding the various poetic forms the author uses in this story.”

Overall I think this is a very nicely packaged poetry book for younger kids, and a brilliant introduction to the form for those new to verse novels.

Congratulations Tamera!


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