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PIGGY AND DAD GO FISHING by David Martin

PIGGY AND DAD GO FISHING

By David Martin (Author) , Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2506-X
Publisher: Candlewick

Catch-and-release fishing takes its next logical step in this story of youthful sympathy. Young Piggy is very excited about going on his first fishing trip with his dad. Yet, Piggy is soon upon the horns of a dilemma: Sure, he wants to go fishing, but how on earth is he expected to skewer a hook through a live worm, and a live worm that is smiling at him to boot? You don’t; leastwise, Piggy won’t. So he settles for dough balls made from his peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich as bait. Then, when the dough balls actually work, well, is he really expected to konk the fish on the head—a fish that is looking kind of sad—and eat him? No way. The solution is “feed-the-fish fishing,” with no hooks involved. Terrific narrative artwork as droll as the text (best scene: When father and son, sitting at the end of the dock, slump against one another in a doze during the lazy afternoon) highlights a vegetarian in the making. Good thing his favorite meal is that sandwich. (Picture book. 3-6)