Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse

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. Matthe Using a wide variety of poetic forms ? quatrains, ballads, iambic meter, rhyming lists, concrete poetry, ...

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Title:Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse
Author:Tamera Will Wissinger
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0547820119
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:120 pages pages

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Reviews

  • Betsy
    Oct 01, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

  • Patricia
    Oct 14, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

    This was such a charming read! The author truly captures the excitement and anticipation children feel before special events in their lives. The relationship between the brother and sister was touching and funny, too. The information on poetry in the back of the book was excellent as w...

    Go on a fishing trip with this young boy and his dad and sister. This book incorporates a unique take on a family trip to go fishing with its writing style and chapter perspectives. The reader is sure to get a kick out of the thoughts of each character while also enjoying the layout of...

    This is adorable! An early middle-grade novel in verse of a family fishing trip! The author breaks up the poems in different styles, noting at the top of each poem what style it is (free verse, tercet variation, haiku.) I imagine every teacher will be using this as a guide book for poe...

    Read for Librarian Book Group A story of a boy going on a fishing trip with his father told in many different poem forms. Includes information about the different poetry forms as well a poetry vocabulary. Not only is it interesting from the poetry standpoint, it is fun from the storyt...

  • Liesl Shurtliff
    Dec 26, 2012

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

    This was such a charming read! The author truly captures the excitement and anticipation children feel before special events in their lives. The relationship between the brother and sister was touching and funny, too. The information on poetry in the back of the book was excellent as w...

    Go on a fishing trip with this young boy and his dad and sister. This book incorporates a unique take on a family trip to go fishing with its writing style and chapter perspectives. The reader is sure to get a kick out of the thoughts of each character while also enjoying the layout of...

    This is adorable! An early middle-grade novel in verse of a family fishing trip! The author breaks up the poems in different styles, noting at the top of each poem what style it is (free verse, tercet variation, haiku.) I imagine every teacher will be using this as a guide book for poe...

  • Tracy Holczer
    Jun 06, 2014

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

  • Kristin Aker Howell
    Mar 13, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

  • Anne
    Sep 18, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

    This was such a charming read! The author truly captures the excitement and anticipation children feel before special events in their lives. The relationship between the brother and sister was touching and funny, too. The information on poetry in the back of the book was excellent as w...

    Go on a fishing trip with this young boy and his dad and sister. This book incorporates a unique take on a family trip to go fishing with its writing style and chapter perspectives. The reader is sure to get a kick out of the thoughts of each character while also enjoying the layout of...

    This is adorable! An early middle-grade novel in verse of a family fishing trip! The author breaks up the poems in different styles, noting at the top of each poem what style it is (free verse, tercet variation, haiku.) I imagine every teacher will be using this as a guide book for poe...

    Read for Librarian Book Group A story of a boy going on a fishing trip with his father told in many different poem forms. Includes information about the different poetry forms as well a poetry vocabulary. Not only is it interesting from the poetry standpoint, it is fun from the storyt...

    A clever story told in free-verse poetry about a father/son fishing trip that is crashed by a pesky little sister. The ?Poet?s Tackle Box? explains each type of poem and poetic device. Fun illustrations help move the story along. (Reviewer #7) ...

    This novel in verse showcases a wide variety of poetry formats, from dramatic poems for two to quatrains. Students will appreciate the humor in the story and teachers will appreciate using it as a mentor text. ...

  • Becky R.
    Mar 15, 2015

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

  • K.A. Barson
    Aug 14, 2012

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

  • Leslie
    Apr 06, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

  • Cheryl
    Dec 11, 2016

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Feb 02, 2014

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

  • Demitria Lunetta
    Aug 30, 2012

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

  • Amanda Sun
    Nov 07, 2012

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

  • Linda
    Feb 20, 2014

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

  • Holly
    Feb 07, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

  • Vidya Tiru
    Apr 23, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

  • Carol
    Apr 11, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

  • Jamie A. Swenson
    Jan 18, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

  • Naomi Kinsman
    Jan 14, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

  • Great Books
    Jun 25, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

    This was such a charming read! The author truly captures the excitement and anticipation children feel before special events in their lives. The relationship between the brother and sister was touching and funny, too. The information on poetry in the back of the book was excellent as w...

    Go on a fishing trip with this young boy and his dad and sister. This book incorporates a unique take on a family trip to go fishing with its writing style and chapter perspectives. The reader is sure to get a kick out of the thoughts of each character while also enjoying the layout of...

    This is adorable! An early middle-grade novel in verse of a family fishing trip! The author breaks up the poems in different styles, noting at the top of each poem what style it is (free verse, tercet variation, haiku.) I imagine every teacher will be using this as a guide book for poe...

    Read for Librarian Book Group A story of a boy going on a fishing trip with his father told in many different poem forms. Includes information about the different poetry forms as well a poetry vocabulary. Not only is it interesting from the poetry standpoint, it is fun from the storyt...

    A clever story told in free-verse poetry about a father/son fishing trip that is crashed by a pesky little sister. The ?Poet?s Tackle Box? explains each type of poem and poetic device. Fun illustrations help move the story along. (Reviewer #7) ...

  • Polly Holyoke
    Aug 13, 2012

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

    This was such a charming read! The author truly captures the excitement and anticipation children feel before special events in their lives. The relationship between the brother and sister was touching and funny, too. The information on poetry in the back of the book was excellent as w...

  • Crystal Bandel
    Sep 15, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

  • B
    Jul 09, 2016

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

  • Erica
    Oct 03, 2013

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...

    Let's face it, Poetry isn't really a favorite of kids, nor is it something they get much of in school. I am afraid I am even guilty of it myself. I have reviewed at least 5 books on this blog and never added a poetry label, and only mentioned they were written in free verse (I will be ...

    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell, published 2013. Realistic fiction. Novel in verse, heavily illustrated. Grades 1-4. Found via School Library Journal, reviewed by Carole Phillips. Gone Fishing is a novel told throug...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this little book of poems that tell a story about a fishing trip from three points of view: Sam, the brother, Lucy, his annoying little sister, and their dad. Sam is so excited the night before his fishing trip with his dad. "Not Mom, not Grandpa, not Lucy...Just D...

    Sam is super excited to go fishing with his dad. He begins preparing the night before by digging night crawlers and checking his tackle box. Wait a minute...his tackle box is full of princesses and perfume! Lucy, his little sister has obviously been messing around with his stuff. You c...

    This was such a fantastic book that my 6-year-old and I wanted to read it in one sitting! (We settled for two--it was bedtime after all) The poems were really lovely and nicely constructed. Each one was labeled with the type of poem, which gave my daughter (and me!) a great and non-int...

    This was a fun, fantastic verse novel. It would be a great addition to any upper elementary/middle school school teacher's library. Aside from telling the tale of a father/son fishing trip that's unexpectedly crashed by a little sister, this brief novel gives excellent explanations of ...

    Finally, I was able to read this book. What a joyful story-telling, in verse, with field-like sketches of what?s going on during the fishing time. The books tells about a young boy, Sam, who is so excited to be going fishing with his dad until his little sister, Lucy, talks Dad into...

    Since I mostly read YA, I didn?t know how I would like this MG book, but I absolutely loved it. Gone Fishing explores many different types of poetry in a fun and interesting way. I love how the story unfolds, jumping from one type of poem to another. The illustrations work perfectly ...

    My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is! The characters are delightful and little Lucy is my favorite. The poems, rhymes, verse used in this book are many and v...

    Gone Fishing is a delightful book that not only will entertain young readers with a compelling storyline, but will also introduce them to various forms of poetry. The basic story, formed around a sibling rivalry and a fishing trip, will be familiar to readers and also enough of an adve...

    What can I say about Gone Fishing? Only that this Junior Library Guild Selection will leave you turning pages, not just to find out how Sam comes to deal with his pesky little sister horning in on his fishing trip with his dad, but how all different manner of poetry is introduced to th...

    Gone Fishing is three books in one. Not only is it an entertaining and heart-warming sibling tale, it?s a novel in verse. Younger readers have needed one for years, since most novels-in-verse are aimed at teens. To top it all off, teachers will love the ?Poet?s Tackle Box? whic...

    Great story about Sam and his Dad getting ready for a special fishing trip. But what happens when Sam's pesky little sister Lucy want to come along? I loved the different forms of poetry verse and the illustrations. A another great way to introduce poetry in the classroom. The note...

    This book is fabulous. It's perfect for the classroom because both teachers and kids will love it. The story and characters are real and fun, so kids will want to read it. It's got massive boy appeal, too. The poetry is solid--and there's a guide in the back on the types of poetry ...

    This was such a charming read! The author truly captures the excitement and anticipation children feel before special events in their lives. The relationship between the brother and sister was touching and funny, too. The information on poetry in the back of the book was excellent as w...

    Go on a fishing trip with this young boy and his dad and sister. This book incorporates a unique take on a family trip to go fishing with its writing style and chapter perspectives. The reader is sure to get a kick out of the thoughts of each character while also enjoying the layout of...

  • Alison Strandell
    Jul 13, 2016

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

  • Lauren Waters
    Dec 19, 2015

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

  • Tammy K
    May 21, 2018

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

  • Aaron Freeman
    Apr 05, 2017

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

  • Audrey Smith
    Sep 18, 2017

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

  • Anna Warren
    Oct 28, 2017

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reader about the hobby of fishing, family bonds, and sibling rivalry. My third grade cousin...

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the novel describing the different types of figurative language and types of poems used thr...

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, subtitling each poem with the poetic form it is written in. Each poem advances the narrat...

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with his dad and sister, Lucy. From the beginning, when Lucy borrows Sam's fishing great to ...

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Stevenson does this style best and others are basically copying. I do think boys who don'...

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for reluctant readers, voracious readers, fisher-people, and poetry lovers -- this book ma...

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though. ...

    Tamera Will Wissinger does a fantastic job creating one book that allows you to teach a variety of poetic forms while telling one story. It?s nice how it tells you what type of poem you are reading so you can use it as a stop point to discuss. On top of that I really just enjoyed the...

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor adventure, family relationships and a childlike sense of wonder, this book hits on sev...

    After reading this book I immediately thought of how it was going to make a very strong addition to my own classroom library. One of the things I enjoyed was exposing myself to this genre. I have never taken much time to explore novels in verse, and I am glad I took this recommendation...