Book selected to represent Louisiana at the 19th The Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. (August 31, 2019)
Hatcher Hampton is turning twelve. Per family tradition, he'll be entering his first fishing rodeo, hoping to prove he's better than his older brother. First prize wins $500--money that could save his family from eviction. Reality soon intervenes in Hatcher's heroic fantasy as he faces a one-armed man, boat blunders, and an old swamp legend, 'Ol Gator. But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and no extra underwear isn't what he had in mind. "Here fishy, fishy, fishy!"
Goal setting, broken family values, and hard work in the face of failure. You ready?
What they are saying:
Book selected to represent Louisiana at the19th The Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. (August 31, 2019)
"Alipio's story truly IS the 'craziest fishing tale on the bayou' I've ever heard. It has embedded how fishing can impact family relationships, the process of growing up, goal setting and the value of persistence and hard work in the face of failure ... if you want to revisit your early observations of fishing or just plain entertainment, cast your lure at this one!"
-- Don Dubuc, Outdoors Radio & TV Host
"Author Gary Alipio's funny fish tale is a great choice for young and old. As a wise old fisherman (a la Grampa Grump) once said, "that's why they call it 'fishing,' not 'catching.'" -- New Orleans Magazine
"Fabulous book for every kid but boys like it and that ain't easy ... Alipio has a knack for memorable dialog and characters. It's quite a treat." -- Laura Roach Dragon, author of Hurricane Boy & Crystal Kite Award Winner
"Life lessons are learned ... from the gruff Grandpa Grump to the scraggly bearded Lazarre, Alipio's characters come to life with entertaining quirks and Southern dialogue throughout this coming-of-age fishing tale. Whether you're 8 or 80, you'll find 'The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou' to be a truly enjoyable and easy read."
-- Debbie Hanson, fishing advocate Shefishes2.com
"Perfect read for any middle grader who likes fishing, the great outdoors, and humor. I’d recommend for any middle grader, including reluctant readers."
-- Cheryl Mathis, Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI La/Ms & author in Bayou Bogeyman Presents: Hoodoo & Voodoo
Listen to Don Dubuc radio interview: bit.ly/DonDubucInterview