Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Virena has a papa who is constantly in his workshop, inventing things that don't usually work. When he's inspired to build a mechanical fish after fishing with his family one day, he makes a lot of mistakes. Each time, his family is there to rescue him from the water, and he rushes back to his workshop to make improvements. Eventually, he creates a huge submarine, and the entire family goes for a ride.
I would have given this 5 stars, if the family had allowed Papa to test the submarine before jumping in as a family. They were cautious before his other failures, but are convinced his later invention works! No way!
Hilarious and expressive illustrations by Boris Kulikov, and the background information and sources at the end are expected now with nonfiction titles.
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