by Robin Tzannes
On the banks of the jungle river
sits Mookie's dad with his very expensive fishing rod and his very expensive
fishing kit. He's a very serious fisherman is Mookie's dad. Somewhere down the
river sits Mookie with a stick and a line with a hook on it. Who is going to
catch the most fish?
Forget Sting, forget Michael
Jackson videos, when it comes to encouraging your kids to become eco-aware this
book is a far softer and subtler option. Follow Mookie on his fishing
adventures through South American rainforest, and get hooked on the charming
pictures depicting the little angler's battle of wits with his dad.
The book MOOKIE GOES FISHING is the story of a young boy with the desire to catch his first 'big one'.
The fish story is set in a jungle in South America but it could be anywhere.
If you're one of the few people in this province who's not crazy about the sport you'll still enjoy this story.
In it the young boy Mookie asks to go fishing with his dad. When Mookie's dad tells him he's too young to go fishing and Mookie goes off on his own, we see two stories. At the same time we see scenes of his father becoming hopelessly entangled in his state-of-the-art fishing gear, scaring the fish and coming home empty- handed.
So much for Mookie being too young to go with his dad. In this book, dad could have used the help. The illustrations by Korky Paul are a hoot. His name should be 'Quirky' instead of Korky. This book would make a fun gift for a boy or girl who is looking forward to that first trip to the pond.
EVENING TELEGRAM (ST. JOHN'S NFLD) 2 JULY 95 Karen Shewbridge
What little boy or girl isn't thrilled when they catch their first fish?
Mookie is everybody's little boy or girl. When dad won't take him along on a fishing trip, Mookie sets off to catch his own fish. While dad goes at the chore of catching fish with all the latest, greatest and most expensive gear, Mookie makes do with a little string and safety pin and good old worms.
One of them comes back empty-handed. Can you guess who catches the biggest fish?
Korky Paul's colorful, zany illustrations are the ideal accompaniment to this story.
DURHAM PARENT JULY 95
Deep in a South American jungle, Mookie's father is getting ready for a day's serious fishing. Mookie wants to go too, but in a trail of nets, hooks and lines, dad sets off alone. Determined, Mookie sets off on a fishing trip of his own but has to use his initiative and make his own rod. What follows is a sequence of events with Mookie making a fishing rod, observed by jungle creatures, and Dad experiencing a catalogue of disasters. Humour and anticipation climax when Mookie returns home with the biggest fish. Mookie's father 'Didn't catch a thing!' Korky Paul's illustrations are incredibly popular and full of wit. I love the army of ants that marches all over the pages, and the minute details. Look out for the safety pin falling out of Mookie's trousers.
SCHOOL LIBRARIAN VOL 43 NO 1, Sarah Reed