Friday, May 6, 2016

Review of Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger

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

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

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

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

My Review: I picked this book up completely on a whim, and was so surprised at the gem I found. It is a book full of simple poems that display the wide variety that can be used in poetry. Not only does it have that but it is also a cohesive story too, and with a wonderful message about families and making memories. It didn't stop there either, there was a whole glossary type section in the back breaking down the types of poetry and their rules, as well as terms, rhymes, etc. This book was really a wealth of information and entertainment, I really hope I can find more like it!
My Rating: This is such a great way to introduce more poetry to young readers.  Not only is it entertaining to read but it also gives so much additional information and resources in the back of the book.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!


  1. I like the sound of poems linking together to make a story. I could perhaps get into poetry if it was all like that.

    1. Definitely try this one, it is fun and full of simple poems in a variety of styles.