Book review: Gone Fishing: a novel in verse; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Gone Fishing book coverby Tamera Will Wissinger; illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Novel in verse; poetry
Young Hoosier Book Award nominee, 2015-2016
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.6
5 out of 5 stars

You do not have to be a fan of fishing to enjoy this wonderful book of poetry! Sam and his dad have planned a boy’s fishing trip, but younger sister Lucy ends up tagging along. Will she ruin Sam’s fun, or will the trip bring them closer?

The story of the fishing trip is told in a series of poems, employing over 32 different forms of poetry. Each poem is labeled by its type, and readers can find out more by referencing the “Poet’s Tackle Box” in the back of the book. The “Poet’s Tackle Box” is a box of poetry tools that can be referenced to help students as they are reading or writing poetry.

This book would make a great mentor text to use during a poetry writing lesson. The poems and theme of the story will appeal to boys and girls, and can be used to show examples of different poetry forms and techniques.

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