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Cover for Hooked


Tommy Greenwald, David McPhail (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Chinese (12/1/2021)


A boy and his dad discover all they have in common on a fishing trip in Hooked, a sweet picture book about father-son bonding by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by David McPhail.

Joe loves fishing. He loves watching the water and looking at the sky, he loves the peacefulness, and he especially loves dreaming about catching the Big One.

Joe’s dad does not love fishing. He doesn’t like the waiting, or the worms, or the fact that nothing much happens.

But when Joe needs a parental chaperone for an ice-fishing field trip, his dad agrees to go along. And when the waiting turns into talking, exchanging jokes, and sharing hot chocolate, Joe's dad discovers something unexpected.

He doesn’t just like fishing with Joe—he loves it.

You could even say he’s hooked.

Praise For Hooked

“A sweet shared father-son experience . . . Kids who’d similarly love to share a beloved pastime with a parent will relate to Joe, and if the story convinces some adult readers-aloud to join youngsters in fishing or Minecraft or whatever, so much the better.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"[This] book reflects, with ease, the tender love between father and son"—Horn Book

In this sweet story, the illustrations are lovingly realistic depictions of children, family, nature, and emotion. The talented McPhail’s artwork in pen-and-ink and watercolor is done with soft pastels, subtle shading, and delicate brushwork.” —Booklist

“Poignant . . . Readers are certain to empathize.” —Kirkus Reviews

Roaring Brook Press, 9781596439962, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 9, 2018

About the Author

Tommy Greenwald has enjoyed reading all his life, which is why he's appalled that his kids Charlie, Joe and Jack, would prefer getting a dental check-up to checking out a book. After years of pleading, threatening, and bribing, Tommy finally decided the only way to get his kids to read was to write a book about how to get out of reading. The result was Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading. And they read it! (So they say.) The Executive Creative Director at SPOTCO, an entertainment advertising agency in New York City, Tommy lives in Connecticut with his wife, Cathy; his non-reading sons, Charlie, Joe and Jack; and his dogs, Moose and Coco.

David McPhail published his first children's book, The Bear's Toothache, in 1972. Since then, he has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books including No! and The Abandoned Lighthouse, published by Roaring Brook Press. He lives in New Hampshire.