This translation from the German by Richard and Clara Winston introduces the work of a new author-artist whose picture story technique has delight and originality. Jonah, one of the famous Parisian fishermen who sit, day in and day out, on the banks of the Seine, commits an offense by taking his occupation too seriously and catching a big fish; the pure joy of fishing is supposed to be far more important than the catch itself. Banned, Jonah heads for the sea where he becomes rich by revealing his secrets to the fishermen there. With his money he travels around the world learning all about different kinds of fishing, but he returns home to give away his fortune and take up sitting by the Seine again. Jonah's travels are long winded, but pleasantly so. Any imbalance in the text is compensated for by the lighthearted story and the many wonderful pen and ink sketches. Funny and detailed enough to keep you busy for hours. Firm covers and stitching.