May 18, 2018

Recent Reads: The Fishing Lesson by Heinrich Boell

Source: From Librarything and Eerdmans Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

The Fishing LessonThe Fishing Lesson by Heinrich Boell
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  April 23, 2018

Format:  Hardback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A hilarious read with an important message

A humble fisherman is taking a nap in his boat when a tourist interrupts him. The outspoken tourist points out that instead of napping, the fisherman could go out and catch more fish, which would eventually earn him enough money to buy a proper motor-boat. The tourist continues to embellish his idea, envisioning canneries, restaurants, and private helicopters. But the fisher­man has his own ideas about what success looks like.

With comic-like illustrations that emphasize the story’s humor, this funny and thoughtful book will inspire readers to celebrate life’s simple pleasures and enjoy the here and now. 
I was super nerdy the other night and read this aloud to my hubs while we were in bed (he puts up with my crazy). The cover for this is so vibrant and fun and the dust jacket comes off and is a mini poster - which I thought was SO creative and cool. The images throughout were just as fun and very detailed.

The book is broken up into panels across the two pages and tell the story of a sleeping fisherman who is woken up and given a fishing lesson by a tourist. The tourist does on and on about hard work and getting more in and out of life, and concludes his lesson saying that if the fisherman can do all that, then he can relax. The fisherman is patient with the tourist and listens to everything he has to say and in the end the fisherman has the last word. This book was hilarious and we both thought that the ending was a perfect one. 

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