Gone Fishing: A novel

by Tamera Will Wissinger

Hardcover, 2013



Call number

Fic Wis

Call number

Fic Wis

Local notes

Fic Wis




HMH Books for Young Readers (2013), Hardcover, 128 pages


In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

Physical description

128 p.; 6 inches


0547820119 / 9780547820118



User reviews

LibraryThing member MVTheBookBabe
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I thought it would be fun
to write a poetic review of this one
It's not something I usually do,
but I thought that it could be like a gift to you
My poetry really isn't the best,
but you can rest assured that what follows won't be a huge mess.
Gone Fishing was a fun little book,
a welcome change from my little funk.
It was better than I'd expected it to be,
something new quite definitely.
Sam and Lucy were oh so sweet
even if they argued constantly.
Each poem is told through different eyes
and each and every one has a new disguise.
New fonts and voices, styles galore,
fun and games, and a whole lot more.
Sadness and pain, anger and forgiveness,
each is wrapped up like a cute little ribbon.
To tell the truth, it's just a bit of fun,
and even if you don't read it I'll tell no one.

So, what did you guys think? I'm really not a very good poet, but I tried. ;P
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LibraryThing member dmiller70
This is a novel told in verse.....very creative! It's a terrific family story.
LibraryThing member scote23
I thought this was a great book! I loved the different types of poems and how the author explained all the different forms at the end. I think it will be an excellent book for teachers.
LibraryThing member Robinsonstef
A great book to read with kids. The story is told through a variety of poems. It would be fun to read aloud because there are poems for two or three people to read aloud. The story is one that kids can relate to and there is a good lesson in the end. Perfect for a poetry unit or to introduce kids to stories told in verse.
LibraryThing member kristennicoson
This is a good read for emerging poets and hi-lo readers. The poems and illustrations leave enough space on the pages to make the book seem less daunting, while the novel-style presentation makes it appropriate for older elementary and middle school. The end of the book has well-written descriptions of many types of poems, making it a good companion to a class poetry unit.

Personally, however, while I think the poems are cute, this book didn't really stick with me. Frankly, I'm not much of a poetry lover. I really dig free verse, but I can take or leave the rest. Therefore, I found myself just trying to finish this one and not really getting into it.
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