Chalk Up Another One


Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

My second imagining of a section from Trout Fishing comes from a chapter where our narrator recalls the time he was a sixth grader. He and a posse of his classmates devised a plot (out of boredom) to write "Trout Fishing in America" on the backs of all of the first graders they could find at recess.

So, armed with pieces of chalk and a sixth-grader mindset, they set off on their tasks and swept the playground. Complaints started arising from the campus, as well as confusion. What did this phrase mean, and why was it on the backs of every first grader? Was it some sort of evil plot? Who did it?

Well, the principal eventually got around to grilling the sixth graders. I won't spoil the outcome for you, though. I will, however say that I loved the paragraph that you could tell which of the students' mothers didn't feel like washing clothes every day. The day after the mass-chalking, you could still see the faded remains of the graffiti on some first graders' backs!

Brautigan books are chock-full of fun imagery, so you can expect more booksketches from them!

3 comments:

raindog said...

brautigan is fantastic. and the illustration ain't too shabby either. nicely done, burt.

lucky said...

So funny!
I really love the shape of the slide and the first-grader's position in the air.
Great job!

(And hey, thanks for the nice comment on my IF entry!)

Denise

Burt said...

Thanks for the comments, you two! Hopefully it won't be a week until I post another illustration...