Skyfishing: A Grand Tale with Grandpa

illus. by Poly Bernatene. 40p. Abrams. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781419719110.
PreS-Gr 2—A depressed grandpa, newly moved to a city apartment, discovers skyfishing with his fresh-faced granddaughter as they reel in city objects from their balcony. As the story progresses, the city below transitions into a coral reef. A run-in with the Troublefish (police car) has the expedition screeching to a halt—but Grandpa's ready to engage with the world again. The digital illustrations, heavy with brushstroke texture, are bright, and the fanciful underwater creatures, such as a Songfish (saxophone), Yellow-stripers (taxis), and Hammerheads (construction supplies), will delight young readers. However, a snoozing man (a Mexican Capfish) whose sombrero is stolen off his head is problematic. The characters' ethnicities are not made explicit, but the granddaughter is pale-skinned and dark-haired, and the people represent the diversity of New York City.
VERDICT A magical picture book that sweetly portrays intergenerational love and imagination; great for sharing one-on-one or with a small group. A strong addition.

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