From the Publisher
"Frazier, a noted graphic designer, imaginatively challenges kids to think outside the stream in this fish tale with a clever hook. A visual conundrum that accentuates the "art" of looking at the world in different ways." -Kirkus Reviews "
The crisp, clean illustrations in bright golds, verdant greens, and brilliant blues are a pleasure to behold...Stanley and the fish are happy, and readers will be gratified." -School Library Journal
After making near-mythic events of going for a drive and mowing the lawn, Stanley similarly brings new life to reel and stream in Stanley Goes Fishing by Craig Frazier. Gorgeous spreads of blue skies and waters, and golden fish still find room for playful images of a fishing bobber in the sky (or is it the water's surface?). Frazier's images will make readers rethink one of America's favorite pastimes. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Stanley, the star of Frazier's last two books, reappears for a relaxing day on an azure stream. Once Stanley has gathered all of his gear, he jumps into his pick-up, lowers his boat into the water, and begins his search for the perfect fishing spot. When Stanley accidentally reels in a man's boot, he gets a bright idea. Instead of casting his line in the stream, he throws it up into the sky. This surprising method brings in more fish than Stanley's boat can handle and he must decide what to do with his magnificent catch. In a great lesson to young fishermen, Stanley chooses to release them into the stream below. Stanley's angular face may not change throughout the story, but the reader is constantly aware of the joy he experiences on the water. Frazier's crisp illustrations convey the calm movement in Stanley's environment, and his keen use of perspective moves the reader around the scene like a mosquito. This basic introduction to magic realism is a worthwhile addition to any picture book collection.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Stanley returns in another simple but surreal picture book. Here, the man puts his boat on his old pickup truck and heads off to a stream to do a bit of fishing. After waiting patiently, he finally feels what he assumes is a big fish on the line, but it turns out to be a sorry-looking boot. Inspired by another of his famous ideas, he casts his line into the sky rather than the water and immediately begins to haul in a boatload of golden fish. He then pours them from his buckets into the stream and heads for home, having had a most satisfactory day. Though the story is intriguing, it is the artwork that captures the eye and sparks the imagination. The crisp, clean illustrations in bright golds, verdant greens, and brilliant blues are a pleasure to behold. "Created by hand and digitally colored," the pictures have a calm, uncluttered feel with their black silhouettes in the background and a wide variety of perspectives. Stanley and the fish are happy, and readers will be gratified.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet Stanley, a fellow who sees things differently, as in his two previous stories, Stanley Goes for a Drive (2005) and Stanley Mows the Lawn (2004). One day he goes fishing. He puts his boat in the stream and rows to all the best fishing spots-but no strikes. Then he has an idea: He changes the direction of his casts, catching fish after fish-out of the sky, and then returns them to the water. It is Stanley's best fishing day ever. The intriguing hand and digitally colored illustrations reflect a retro look of 1940s/1950s posters. The flat dimension has a collage effect, enhanced with surprising compositions and unusual perspectives that elongate Stanley's body, making his head disproportionately small with black dots for eyes and an orange triangle nose. Frazier, a noted graphic designer, imaginatively challenges kids to think outside the stream in this fish tale with a clever hook. A visual conundrum that accentuates the "art" of looking at the world in different ways. (Picture book. 5-8)