Gr. 1-3. In this book from the Gus and Grandpa series, Gus' family goes fishing. His mother is only interested in picnicking and his father in figuring out how to use his new fishing rod, but Grandpa shows Gus how to cast and gives him the confidence to keep trying until he can do it on his own. Fishing is not the most exciting sport to read about, but the story is nicely paced. A great deal of the book's charm lies in the expressive pencil drawings, tinted with watercolors, that capture both the solitariness and the camaraderie of the sport. This quiet book will be particularly welcome in areas where fishing is a popular pastime. ((Reviewed September 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist ReviewsReview by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 1-2-While nothing wildly exciting happens in this installment in the series, the author invests the members of this family with real personalities: Mom is not very patient and Dad is a bit goofy, while Grandpa and Gus have good humor and brains. The short chapters move the story of a summer outing along with a refreshingly complex vocabulary that challenges but never overwhelms new readers. Stock's colorful and energetic watercolors expertly complement the text.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 1-2-Gus is excited about his family's fishing trip. Dad has a fancy new rod, Mom's made the picnic lunch, and Grandpa is ready to teach the boy a new skill. Expressive watercolor art successfully captures a classic summer outing. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Gus goes fishing for the first time and receives expert guidance from his grandfather.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When Gus goes fishing for the first time, he turns to Grandpa for assistance who is only more than happy to help him by teaching him how to bait the hook, throw a line, and be patient in preparation for the big catch to come.Review by Publisher Summary 3
The ninth book in this beloved seriesGus goes fishing for the first time. Mommy can't help him because she doesn’t fish, and Daddy is completely absorbed in his fancy new fishing gear. Fortunately, Grandpa is there. Grandpa shows Gus how to cast, but Gus gets all tangled up in the line. When he masters casting and lands the lure in the water, nothing bites. Finally he feels something – it gets away. "I want to catch a fish," Gus tells Grandpa. "Keep trying," says Grandpa. "We know they’re out there."As always, Grandpa gently points Gus in the right direction and Gus finds the way in yet another story, illustrated with watercolor paintings that “reflect the sunny warmth of loving connections passed across generations” (Booklist)