Written and illustrated by public schoolteacher and award-winning author Gail Heath, No Time For Fishing is a picture book about a boy who wants to fish with his father more than anything. But he has difficulty concentrating in school, and the promised fishing trip keeps being postponed to give him more time to study. Frustrated with being deprived of time with his father, he struggles to deal with disappointment - until a turn of events that comes as a surprise to him reveals just how deeply his parents truly care for him. The illustrations have a childlike quality that perfectly suits this picture book recommended for young readers who are just about ready to move on to chapter books.
While desperately waiting for something exciting to happen, Jeeper heroically faces down disappointment and realizes that something important has been occurring all along.As with Inside Me, Sometimes..., Heath's newest story illuminates the feelings of being young when knots grow in stomachs, ears burn, lips tremble and hearts become beating hammers.No Time for Fishing is a beautiful family story that will bring fresh perspectives with each new reading.It is ideally suited for intergenerational sharing -- especially on rainy days when outside activities must be postponed.
Robert Smith, PhD, Former editor of Michigan Reading Journal
The book arrived today...I opened up the package and started reading...I couldn’t put it down.I found the story compelling.The illustrations tend to bring me into the story and I find that their simplicity and color is inviting.I like how the boy forgets about fishing when he realizes how important he is to his parents.
Marlene Smith, Past president of MRA (Michigan Reading Association)
Reviewer: Joseph A. Phelps(avondale AZ USA)
It isn't often that an author not only writes a book and illustrates the thing---while concocting a whale of a children's tale. One which follows a segment of a child's experience from disappointment stemming from the failure of an expected fishing trip which his Father had to cancel. We go with him and his Mom, through temper tantrums to imagined alienated attitudes towards his father when he does arrive home. Through it all his Mother guides them both, even when other developments seem to make the proposition of going fishing totally improbable. In the final analysis, he finds that love in the family conquers all -- to include his father -- and that is perhaps more important than fishing -- any old day! Well done. A children's book with a message and a point of view! (Pen Name: J. Alfred Phelps, Author of Chappie: America's First Black Four-Star General; They Had A Dream: The Story of African American Astronauts; Into the Tiger's Jaw, The Autobiography of Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen, America's First Black Marine Aviator, and Counterpoint -- a novel of life after death.