A boy and his dad discover all they have in common on a fishing trip in Hooked, a sweet picture book about father-son bonding by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by David McPhail.
Joe loves fishing. He loves watching the water and looking at the sky, he loves the peacefulness, and he especially loves dreaming about catching the Big One.
Joe's dad does not love fishing. He doesn't like the waiting, or the worms, or the fact that nothing much happens.
But when Joe needs a parental chaperone for an ice-fishing field trip, his dad agrees to go along. And when the waiting turns into talking, exchanging jokes, and sharing hot chocolate, Joe's dad discovers something unexpected.
He doesn't just like fishing with Joe--he loves it.
You could even say he's hooked.
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About the Author
Tommy Greenwald is the author of many books for children, including the Charlie Joe Jackson series and the Crimebiters! series. He did indeed go ice-fishing once, with his young son Joe. The only thing they caught were colds.
David McPhail published his first children's book, The Bear's Toothache, in 1972. Since then, he has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books including No! and The Abandoned Lighthouse, published by Roaring Brook Press. He lives in New Hampshire.
"A sweet shared father-son experience . . . Kids who'd similarly love to share a beloved pastime with a parent will relate to Joe, and if the story convinces some adult readers-aloud to join youngsters in fishing or Minecraft or whatever, so much the better." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"[This] book reflects, with ease, the tender love between father and son"--Horn Book
"In this sweet story, the illustrations are lovingly realistic depictions of children, family, nature, and emotion. The talented McPhail's artwork in pen-and-ink and watercolor is done with soft pastels, subtle shading, and delicate brushwork." --Booklist
"Poignant . . . Readers are certain to empathize." --Kirkus Reviews