Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Review

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.

Title:Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse
Edition Language:English

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    Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Reviews

  • Lauren Waters

    I liked this novel in verse describing a day of fishing originally meant for father and son before a little sister ends up tagging along. I especially enjoyed the poet's tackle box at the end of the n...

  • Alison Strandell

    This Bluestem nominee is adorable. The author utilizes various types of POETRY in a fun and engaging way, concrete to free verse, from the perspectives of Dad, Sam, and Lucy. Wissinger tells the reade...

  • Teresa Grabs

    Wonderful story of how a brother and sister, thrown together on a fishing trip, learn what it means to be a family. What started out being planned as a father and son fishing trip, soon included littl...

  • Betsy

    Delightful! I'm a fan of novels in verse, but they are usually geared towards middle grades and up. Here, Wissinger gives us a marvelous collection of poems all about Sam and his day of fishing with h...

  • Audrey Smith

    This quick-paced story in verse retells a father and son fishing trip interrupted by Sam's little sister Lucy. Wissinger eloquently exposes readers to varying styles of poetry and poetic elements, sub...

  • Cheryl

    Love that these are real poems, not just one long broken lined story. Love the 'tackle box' lessons, and the bibliography, at the end. Liked the story. Didn't like the illustrations much, as James Ste...

  • Jamie A. Swenson

    This one's a catch! It's a fish story - about a boy, his dad, and GASP - his younger sister (who worms her way in) - on a fishing day out on the lake. It's told in (often) humorous verse. Perfect for ...

  • Tammy K

    This was an unexpected gem, one of the most creative and unique children's books I've read in a while! The story is weaved together via poetry told mainly from a young boy's perspective. With outdoor ...

  • Becky R.

    As far as teaching a variety of poetic forms, this book was great. The actual story isn't the main draw though....

  • Dolly

    This is a wonderful story, created as a collection of different types of poems and designed to be entertaining and illustrative. I really enjoyed reading the book and I appreciated the additional less...