Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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.
to write a poetic review of this one
It's not something I usually do,
but I thought that it could be like a gift to you
My poetry really isn't the best,
but you can rest assured that what follows won't be a huge mess.
Gone Fishing was a fun little book,
a welcome change from my little funk.
It was better than I'd expected it to be,
something new quite definitely.
Sam and Lucy were oh so sweet
even if they argued constantly.
Each poem is told through different eyes
and each and every one has a new disguise.
New fonts and voices, styles galore,
fun and games, and a whole lot more.
Sadness and pain, anger and forgiveness,
each is wrapped up like a cute little ribbon.
To tell the truth, it's just a bit of fun,
and even if you don't read it I'll tell no one.
So, what did you guys think? I'm really not a very good poet, but I tried. ;P