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The Boy and the Big Fish

By Gregory Mynarczuk

Loved it! 😍

Imaginative and bright, Mynarczuk's tale of the Big Fish will mystify and exhilarate anyone who reads it.

Synopsis

Do you want to know how a boy caught a Big Fish? Not just any fish … a Big, Magical Fish! The boy was so clever that he achieved things which grownups couldn’t. Any standard method failed, but the boy found a magical way to capture the fish.
A captivating story about the adventures of a boy and the Big Fish. This is the story of a little magic in everyday life, where wisdom and cleverness triumph over impossible events. It reminds us that sometimes you need the faith of a child to overcome difficulties in life.

The Boy and the Big Fish is a quick, action-packed story for readers who are 3-10 years old. The protagonist of the story, the boy, has a bright attitude and determination to discover how to catch the Big Fish. He is kind to his family, the librarian, and the people in his town who are eager to see the Big Fish for themselves. Even though the boy was afraid of the old librarian, he treated him with respect because he saw it made the old man happy. I enjoyed seeing a main character who is nice and has a good heart all around. My favorite part of this book is the illustrations. The illustrations are powerful; they are large and colorful. These images do a great job of capturing the boy and showing just how large the Big Fish actually is. They also allow for children to feel that they are more involved in the story, even though the words already suck you in.


I really like this book. Gregory Mynarczuk's writing is wonderful; the story's pacing is quick, and I think children will enjoy that there are no slow moments at all. I especially enjoyed reading his rich descriptions. He does a great job of describing small details in an enchanting way. I also like the underlying themes of this book, such as compassion and bravery. The story's ending made it much more interesting as I constantly wondered how it was going to end. The abrupt ending actually has me eager to read the second book in this series. I suggest this book to any child or any adult who is interested in reading a sweet tale. This story teaches you that if you are strong and never give up on your dreams, you will eventually achieve them.

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Synopsis

Do you want to know how a boy caught a Big Fish? Not just any fish … a Big, Magical Fish! The boy was so clever that he achieved things which grownups couldn’t. Any standard method failed, but the boy found a magical way to capture the fish.
A captivating story about the adventures of a boy and the Big Fish. This is the story of a little magic in everyday life, where wisdom and cleverness triumph over impossible events. It reminds us that sometimes you need the faith of a child to overcome difficulties in life.

The Big Fish

There was a boy who lived in a log house by the forest, near a small river where he sometimes went fishing with his dad. Like most kids, he liked to play in his room and in the playground. He spent his carefree time with friends. He also loved to watch fairy tales and read books with his mom and dad. The boy had a little sister he also liked to play with.

One day, the boy went fishing in the nearby stream. This time he was alone. He had a fishing rod and some earthworms with him. He sat down on the bank where he always sat with his dad and pulled out a jar of worms. They always tickled his hands, and he laughed as he picked one out of the jar.

He hooked the worm and cast the fishing rod. He didn’t have to wait long before the float on the fishing rod sprang up a couple of times and sank back in. The boy struck the rod and pulled out a little green fish. He did not know much about fish yet, but he recognized this one. It was a Perch, as his dad said. The boy always wondered if the Perch fish was related to a branch.

He caught a couple of more fish, but after some time they stopped biting the rod, and the river became a little quiet.

The boy was about to give up and go home when the float on the fishing rod moved.

It sprang only once, and then it began to dive underwater. The boy struck the rod, but it felt as if there was a stone or a large horseshoe attached to the end. The rod wouldn’t move. The boy tried to tug the fishing rod, but with no success. Until suddenly ... The fish, hooked to the rod, began to swim away. The fishing line was rolling out of the reel very quickly with a loud “Trrrrrrrrrrrr!”

The boy didn’t know whether he should find help, run away or draw the fish out. Finally, with a yell, he tried to pull the fish out of the water. He blocked the reel to stop the fishing line, and the rod bent in the shape of a boomerang. The boy felt his feet begin to move towards the bank. He was being pulled into the river!

“No, I'm going to hook you out!” he cried to the fish.

He stood firm and grabbed a chunk of grass with one hand while holding the fishing rod in the other. But it didn’t work! He was still sliding on the bank, his feet already in the water!

But he wasn’t giving up yet. He kept holding the rod with all his strength.

No one knows what would have happened if the fishing rod had not broken. The boy would have probably fallen into the water. But the rod broke in half, and the fish swam away. The boy had his knees immersed in water and was looking at a huge wave made by the fish as it swam away. He thought that he could see its tail, which was as big as his bed in his room. But that couldn’t be possible, because the river was only small!

Excited, the boy ran all the way home.

“Dad!” he shouted. “Dad!”

About the author

Gregory Mynarczuk is an author of children's book The Boy and the Big Fish and a short story for adults An Animalish Man (under a pen name.) He lives with his family in Sweden where he got the inspiration for his book for children. He is a person of many interests like photography, travel, scie... view profile

Published on December 08, 2018

3000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Action & Adventure

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