cover image Gone Fishing

Gone Fishing

Tamera Will Wissinger, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Houghton Mifflin, $15.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-547-82011-8

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 his fishing trip with his father; as the day progresses, though, sibling rivalry turns to appreciation, especially after Sam catches a giant catfish (“I’m catfish strong!/ I caught that lunker. Yee-haw! Wham!”). Wissinger uses a variety of poetic forms and techniques, all of which are defined in a substantial glossary. Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling. Ages 6–9. Illustrator’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.)