The Fishing Lesson

Heinrich Böll (Author) Emile Bravo (Illustrator)


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.

Product Details

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
April 23, 2018
10.2 X 0.6 X 7.6 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) was one of the most beloved German writers of the 20th century. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972 for his contribution to the renewal of German literature. His works have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Emile Bravo was partly inspired to become a comic creator by The Adventures of Tintin. His previous works include "Young Americans," which was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Short Story in 2008. He lives in France.


Kirkus Reviews
"A lesson about success delivered with humor and graceful irony."

School Library Journal
"This lesson that wealth and material objects aren't necessary for happiness is delivered with lighthearted humor that youngsters are sure to get and enjoy. . . . A fun and lively picture book."ul irony."