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A GOOD DAY’S FISHING by James Prosek Kirkus Star


by James Prosek & illustrated by James Prosek

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: March 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85327-0
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

As a young boy searches through all the paraphernalia in his tackle box for the one thing to ensure a good day’s fishing, he explains the purpose of each item: a spinner to catch yellow perch; a phoebe spoon for pumpkinseed sunfish; plugs for largemouth bass; and flies for his favorite fish, brook trout. The handsome page design uses lots of white space to highlight the gear that offsets the beautiful double spreads of fish. The first-person voice and comments to the reader (“hooks—aren’t they cool?”) create an immediacy akin to looking over the boy’s shoulder, especially since he’s not pictured until the last spread—sporting the secret thing he needs for good fishing. Several pages earlier, sharp-eyed readers will see the clue. An inventive and enticing approach to a sport and nature topic cast in a narrative. The personal tone and boyish charm will lure kids to fishing and grandfathers will love it. Prosek is an established adult author and expert on fishing. (Four-page lure-and-fly glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)