GONE FISHING is an ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book!

Reviews for GONE FISHING 

"This book might inspire some to pursue an interest in fishing, but it will surely encourage all of them to delve into the world of poetry."

–School Library Journal STARRED Review

"Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling."

—Publishers Weekly

"A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip. . . . This tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers."


"Engaging verse that's just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers. . . A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry."




For fishing tomorrow

it’s just us two.

Not Mom, not Grandpa,

not Lucy.

It’ll be like playing catch or

Painting the garage.

Just Dad and Me.


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.


Thanks for visiting my website; I'm glad you're here. I'm Tamera and I love to read, write, and talk about poetry and stories for kids. If you’re interested, you can find details here about my upcoming novel and about me. If you like to read or write poetry and stories for kids or with kids, I hope you enjoy the information here.   

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