Intended to educate and motivate the five book Fish on Kids book series gets kids inspired to put down the smart phone and pick up the fishing rod.
With a career in the American Sportsfishing Association and the fishing and hunting industries, K.J. Houtman’s books are set in her home state of Minnesota. Raising her three (now grown) children on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Houtman’s experiences in parenting, fishing, and regional geography are interwoven through the plot that begins with A Whirlwind Opener and continues through Driving Me Crazy, Spare the Rod, Duck, Duck Deuce and Born to Be Wild (available in paperback and e-book on November 1).
Sharing my review copy of A Whildwind Opener with an outdoorsy fourth grader I know, here’s his take on book one, “I think that this book is good for a 10 to 11-year-old. The book is o.k. in my opinion. Why I say it is o.k. is because it didn’t have enough action in it. I liked the book because it was like one of my favorite books, ‘Hatchet’.” ~ Conner Poster
Personally appreciating the subtle educational components in wildlife, physics, survival skills, and family value, the book is just long enough for short attention spans. Having lived in Minnesota for six years, Houtman has appropriately captured the unofficial state holiday that is “The Opener.” Available for purchase through the Fish on Kids website, you can also find copies at Amazon.com and Bn.com as e-books for Kindle, Nook, and iPad and Nook.
Julie Henning is the Midwest Editor for sister-site, Road Trips for Families.