It was a normal summer for one small fishing village in Newfoundland . . . until the dogfish arrived!
Tom Dawe has taken a unique piece of history and crafted it into an entertaining tall tale. His whimsical text is perfectly complemented by C. Anne MacLeod`s distinctive folk art.
This charming book is fun to read . . . and even more fun to read out loud!
- Shortlisted for the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards - Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award
- The Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens Spring 2014 Selection
- Shortlisted for the 2014 Heritage and History Book Awards, Children’s/YA Literature Category
An enjoyable read out loud, this book will find an audience among those who savour language and verse or a good Newfoundland yarn.-- Readerly, National Reading Campaign --
The Wonderful Dogfish Racket is a simple slice of pure delight.-- Northeast Avalon Times --
Author/poet Tom Dawe has taken a piece of Newfoundland history and turned it into a rollicking tall tale which will have great appeal for a young audience.-- Resource Links --
A master poet, in The Wonderful Dogfish Racket, Tom Dawe’s lyrical, whimsical genius is in full display… Although rooted in a historical event, the message of community self-empowerment is timeless and global. This book is a winning blend of history and poetic excellence and will be recited for generations to come.-- Judges, 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards - Bruneau Family Children's/Young Adult Literatur --
Addictive.-- The Guardian --
This hardcover children’s storybook employs Newfoundland words to present a wacky event in an imaginary outport harbour. Because of the social commentary on public servants, government financial aid and the Newfoundland character, it may make adults sit up and take notice. The illustrations, particularly the aerial views over the land, are captivating.-- Jury, 2014 Heritage and History Book Awards --
In A Wonderful Dogfish Racket, Dawe gives us a poetic masterpiece in the oral tradition as he preserves history, celebrates language, makes us laugh, and reminds us of the magic of community.-- Sheree Fitch Blog --