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|Papa's mechanical fish|
Author: Fleming, Candace
In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 158923
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 60595
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/13)
School Library Journal (05/01/13)
The Hornbook (00/05/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/20/2013 Gr 2–4—This picture book is a fictional account based on events in the life of eccentric inventor Lodner Phillips as told from the perspective of his daughter, Virena. Papa theorizes and tinkers but never succeeds. Finally, while the family is dropping lines from a pier into Lake Michigan, his daughter asks, "have you ever wondered what it's like to be a fish?" Immediately the man dashes back to his workshop and soon produces one of the world's earliest submarines, the Whitefish. Children will delight in the way Virena is the catalyst for her father's successive improvements to his primitive vessel as she continues to ask questions: about how fish move through water, stay dry, and know where they are going. Kulikov's luminous, playful, detailed illustrations on full-bleed spreads incorporate a variety of perspectives, including close-up views of fish and of Papa underwater and cutaway diagrams of his creations. An afterword is included. The exuberant and inquisitive tone of this book is sure to entertain curious children.—Anne Barreca, New York Public Library - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2013 There’s a rich history of batty inventor/tinkerer dads in children’s books, and the girl narrator’s father in this book could hang with the best of them. That he’s based on a real mid-nineteenth-century person makes it all the better. Whether Papa’s spectacular failures have been great ideas (steam-powered roller skates) or not-so-great (edible socks), “not once has Papa invented anything that works perfectly.” But inspiration flashes when the family is out fishing in the lake—a mechanical fish. Iteration after iteration of his rudimentary submarine ends in lighthearted disaster, each time the object growing more complex and preposterous until he’s finally come up with a vessel just crazy enough to work. Fleming festoons her glib narrative with read-aloud treats of “Clacketa-claketa-clacketa!” and “Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr!” Meanwhile, Kulikov dishes out some tall-tale-worthy artwork and cut-out designs somewhere between Leonardo da Vinci and Rube Goldberg. A closing note talks about Fleming’s inspiration, the inventor Lodner Phillips, who really did take his family for an underwater spin in Lake Michigan in 1851. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.