Hello, everybody! Today’s book is Edison’s Tackle Box, written by Meghan Colvin and illustrated by Cole Roberts, a sweet story about a boy, his dad, and a very special fishing trip.
Edison loves to fish, so when his dad wakes him and tells him to get his tackle box ready, he knows it’s going to be a great day. However, Edison’s never packed his own tackle box before. What will he need for the perfect day of fishing? He doesn’t want to mess it up by forgetting anything. But after Edison and his dad spend the day together, Edison realizes that the perfect day isn’t made by “whats”, but by “whos” instead.
This was a very cute book, with a simple concept and understated execution. It’s a classic father-son story, but the core lesson, that people are what make a perfect day, is applicable to anyone. The art was lovingly detailed and lively, a very pleasant surprise in a indie book, and does a great job of bringing the reader into Edison’s world. The pacing is a bit slow, but there’s a lot of charm in Edison’s earnest innocence and excitement, which makes up for it. Also, Edison and his dad catch-and-release their fish, which is nice for preventing some awkward conversations with little ones. JJ enjoyed it okay, but this one would be even better for slightly older readers who wouldn’t mind the longer story. Still, a lovely book with a sweet message. Baby Bookworm approved!