Dipnetting with Dad

By (author): Willie Sellars

Illustrated by: Kevin Easthope

BUMP, BUMP — SLAP, river sockeye salmon are pulled onto shore!

Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, Dipnetting with Dad is a delightful and colourful story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they visit the sweat lodge, mend the nets, select the best fishing spot and catch and pack their fish through rugged bush back to the family home for traditional preparation. In his first book, Williams Lake IndianBand member Willie Sellars captures family values, the importance of storytelling, community living and coming of age in one of BC’s oldest cultures. Debut artist Kevin Easthope’s contemporary and dynamic illustrations bring the characters to life as they jump off the page and pull you into their world.


Willie Sellars

Willie Sellars is a band member of the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc), which is located fifteen minutes south of the city of Williams Lake, BC. Living on the reserve for the majority of his life, he has been going dip-net fishing with his dad and uncles since he was seven years old. He is currently in his second term as a Councillor for the Williams Lake Indian Band and works closely with the departments of Economic Development and Natural Resources. Willie is married and has two beautiful children, Cash and Milah, and keeps himself busy practicing his culture and playing sports. Kevin Easthope was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC. He attended UBC Okanagan where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2008. His artistic work spans a variety of mediums including oil painting, graphite and graphic design. While he is an artist and musician, he presently makes a living fighting forest fires for the province of British Columbia. Dipnetting with Dad is his first children’s book.


“This story is full of details on the dipnetting experience, but rather than making this a dull documentary of the dipnetting process, the author offers a fun and playful experience. The text, typically presented in shaded bubbles, is evenly distributed across the pages. The author splatters the text with alliteration and onomatopoeia to add playful elements to the story. Despite the fun characteristics of the text, the author is respectful of tradition, incorporating elements of tobacco offerings and sweat lodge prayers into the story…Illustrator Kevin Easthope picks up on Sellars’ playful notes with comic-like illustrations. The pencil crayon characters are colourful with exaggerated features. The illustrations emphasize the expressions and feelings of each character. The drawings are full of eye-catching details in the background and characters that are bursting with life in the foreground. The combination of text and illustration is highly complementary…Dipnetting With Dad is a fantastic, playful collaboration between text and illustrative art.”

Canadian Review of Materials 

“With action-packed illustrations that are larger than life, Dipnetting with Dad showcases the bond between father and son while introducing readers to a story of tradition and culture that needs to be told.”

–Alan Woo, author of BC Book Prize-winning Maggie’s Chopsticks

“Willie’s great book took me back to my own days of fishing on the river … [His] detailed description of the process from ceremony to enjoying the final product is true to our culture. The Indigenous cultures have so much to share and this book contributes to that distribution of this knowledge.”

–Chief Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One


  • Shining Willow Award 2015, Nominated
  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award – Best First Picture Book 2015, Winner
  • Chocolate Lily Award 2015, Short-listed
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    48 Pages
    8.70in * 9.70in * .40in


    September 15, 2014


    Caitlin Press



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