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School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—A depressed grandpa, newly moved to a city apartment, discovers skyfishing with his fresh-faced granddaughter as they reel in city objects from their balcony. As the story progresses, the city below transitions into a coral reef. A run-in with the Troublefish (police car) has the expedition screeching to a halt—but Grandpa's ready to engage with the world again. The digital illustrations, heavy with brushstroke texture, are bright, and the fanciful underwater creatures, such as a Songfish (saxophone), Yellow-stripers (taxis), and Hammerheads (construction supplies), will delight young readers. However, a snoozing man (a Mexican Capfish) whose sombrero is stolen off his head is problematic. The characters' ethnicities are not made explicit, but the granddaughter is pale-skinned and dark-haired, and the people represent the diversity of New York City. VERDICT A magical picture book that sweetly portrays intergenerational love and imagination; great for sharing one-on-one or with a small group. A strong addition.—Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community Library, CA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2017 When fishing-enthusiast Grandpa moves from his lakeside home in the country to the Big City, fishing poles in hand, to live with family, including his granddaughter, he quickly learns that it’s no place for fishing—at least not traditionally. Noticing her grandpa’s morose attitude, the little girl invents a new kind of fishing: the two dangle their lures off the fire escape and imagine catching the flotsam that drifts by. Soon, they’re catching “laundry eels” (socks) and “yellow-stripers” (taxis), among other objects, and as their game intensifies, the crowded street outside their apartment gradually transforms into a lively oceanic wonderland. Bernatene’s rich, energetic scenes are full of comical details to discover, and the vibrant brushstroke spreads and old-fashioned fishing advertisements on the inner title pages add to the story’s whimsy. Though some adults might balk at the idea of dropping fishhooks into a crowd (the anglers do, however, put a stop to their game when they’re caught by the “troublefish”—a shark in a police car), the creativity of their imaginations is very delightful, especially in Bernatene’s whimsical art. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.