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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 28
Publisher: Running the Goat
Pub Date: 27/Apr/2021
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Dave Paddon and Lily Snowden-Fine team up in this hilarious tall tale about a brother and sister who set out to find some fish for their father’s supper. The fish aren’t biting, so Kimmy and Mike head off to see if they’ll have luck on the other side of the ocean. En route they encounter a hurricane, a giant squid, pirates, a merman, an iceberg and much more. Theirs is a round-the-world adventure with plenty of fun. But it’s still up to their mother to find something for the pot.

Paddon’s playful rhymes resonate with Newfoundland dialect; Snowden-Fine’s illustrations are a marvelous match.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★“A rich and resonant tall tale that celebrates imagination even as it underscores enduring truths.”
The Telegram
“Paddon’s skill chimes through in more than the rhyming, although the rhymes are adept and so fun. It’s also the spritely, animated reach and scale of the tale.”
CanLit for LittleCanadians
“With Lily Snowden-Fine's gorgeous gouache artwork to complement Dave Paddon's story, though, Kimmy & Mike goes beyond just a folk tale.”
Quill & Quire
“A fun introduction to a long-standing tradition, written by one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s foremost storytellers.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A good book to be read aloud, Kimmy & Mike celebrates the strengths and traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador.”


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