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Annotation: A young girl helps her grandfather adjust to his new home in the city with her family by inventing a fantastical fishing game.
Catalog Number: #167829
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Bernatene, Poly,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-419-71911-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-2424-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-419-71911-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-2424-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016009639
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
When fishing-enthusiast Grandpa moves from his lakeside home in the country to the Big City, fishing poles in hand, to live with family, including his granddaughter, he quickly learns that it's no place for fishing least not traditionally. Noticing her grandpa's morose attitude, the little girl invents a new kind of fishing: the two dangle their lures off the fire escape and imagine catching the flotsam that drifts by. Soon, they're catching "laundry eels" (socks) and "yellow-stripers" (taxis), among other objects, and as their game intensifies, the crowded street outside their apartment gradually transforms into a lively oceanic wonderland. Bernatene's rich, energetic scenes are full of comical details to discover, and the vibrant brushstroke spreads and old-fashioned fishing advertisements on the inner title pages add to the story's whimsy. Though some adults might balk at the idea of dropping fishhooks into a crowd (the anglers do, however, put a stop to their game when they're caught by the "troublefish" shark in a police car), the creativity of their imaginations is very delightful, especially in Bernatene's whimsical art.
Kirkus Reviews
A grandfather moves in with his children in a city apartment and, with the help of his granddaughter, finds a new way to continue his passion.Through fall and winter, building models or playing chess cannot really engage Grandpa, an avid angler at heart. Spring arrives, and his granddaughter, the narrator, initiates a pretend fishing game perched from their fire escape above the busy city street. They wait for a catch with poles, lines, and hooks. At first nothing happens, but their patience prevails as they reel in a piece of plastic they imagine to be a "flying litterfish." The possibilities for skyfishing take off from there as the clutter of an urban sea produces flower pots, wind "chimefish," and socks on a line—or "laundry eels." But the biggest fish of all in their imagination rumbles deep below on the tracks. The steady narrative blends with whimsical paintings that transform the everyday congestion of a crowded metropolis into fantastical sea creatures. An ocean of aqua and blues across the bottom of the page parallels the dull browns and grays of high-rises and apartment buildings across the top. Fishing aficionados will enjoy the endpapers with accurate pen-and-ink drawings of real fish as well as childlike figures of the "fish" in the story. Grandpa and the narrator are white, and the city's denizens are vibrantly diverse. A sweet tale of how the power of play helps an elder adjust to a new life. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Word Count: 443
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 503741 / grade: Lower Grades

When Grandpa--a fishing connoisseur--moves to the city to live with his family, it doesn't take him long to notice that there is nowhere to fish. Unfazed, his granddaughter proposes they pretend to fish out a window . . . until they actually catch something: a Flying Litterfish Soon the two are catching all kinds of fish: Laundry Eels and Signfish, a Constructionfish and a Waste-muncher. It's all in good fun, until the skyfishing attracts the attention of the Troublefish (read: police car). This might be the end of their skyfishing, but it's just the beginning of their new friendship. Skyfishing is an imaginative debut picture book that celebrates the magic of companionship.

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