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Gus and Grandpa go fishing
Mills, Claudia.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Gus goes fishing for the first time and receives expert guidance from his grandfather.
Reading Level:
400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 72210.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 2 Quiz: 34116 Guided reading level: K.
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READER. Juvenile Fiction Readers
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The ninth book in this beloved series Gus 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 )

Author Notes

Claudia Mills is an American author of children's books. She is also an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has written several children's series including: Mason Dixon Series, Gus and Granpa Series, West Creek Middle School Seres, and Dinah Series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.