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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971276
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—A little boy who has a goldfish wants a dog and enumerates all the things a pup can do that a fish can't. His mom says, "'We'll see,'" which really means, 'NO.'" Finally, after looking "irritated but sorrowful," she says, "Well, if you can't have what you want, want what you have." The boy takes a look at his pet and soon finds that he can train it to catch sticks, climb steps, and wag its tail. The tone of the text will appeal to children, who will be familiar with the boy's attempts to manipulate his mother. The digitally rendered illustrations are hip and fresh, yet reminiscent of '50s modern. Readers will chuckle over the performing goldfish, who reads the paper when he's home alone. A winning combination of dog and fish, humor and hard work.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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A little boy who lives in a forty-fourth floor apartment has a goldfish, but he longs for a dog. His mother is not interested in his pleas: “If you can’t have what you want, why don’t you try wanting what you have?” And so, like Pygmalion, the boy begins to try to transform his goldfish, and in no time his pet is fetching sticks, wagging his tail, and taking walks in the park. Shields’ story is a familiar one, with a well-wrought predictability that young audiences will respond to. And Taylor’s digital artwork, with its midcentury decor, aqua and orange palette, and highly stylized figures, evokes both a specific, retro sensibility and a timeless quality. Together, text and art form an insouciant package that will entertain groups of young pet enthusiasts and comfort children longing for canine companionship. Preschool-Grade 2. --Thom Barthelmess

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The story is nicely told and the pictures are cute and well done.
Tom B.
It would be a great book to give a child who cannot have a dog, as it teaches the lesson that you can make what you have into what you want.
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This story is fun and playful overall, though at times it may be a bit sophisticated for younger readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Burton VINE VOICE on November 26, 2008
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This is an entertaining book about a boy who begs repeatedly for a dog, but instead learns to appreciate his fish. While I was afraid the ending might frustrate children, I witnessed a dog-begging boy read the book and laugh and laugh at the idea of a goldfish being a good dog substitute. While this story doesn't necessarily make the idea of a goldfish as a pet anymore appealing, it would be a fun book to read aloud and enjoy with a child.

The main reason I didn't give this book five stars is that on multiple pages, the facial expressions on the mom, boy, and fish are a major part of the story, but this illustrator has chosen to make the mouths the size of thick eyelashes and the eyes unusually small as well. If you are reading this book to one child, the child can pull it close and look at the face and get the general idea, but when reading to a group the illustrations won't project. This book would have been greatly enhanced by bigger, bolder grins and frowns on the characters, instead of the tiny, subtle facial expressions in the illustrations.

For those children who are realists and are bothered by the unlikely idea that a goldfish can be taught tricks, I suggest you take them to YouTube and type in "fish training." What you and they see will add a new dimension to this book and have them begging for a goldfish. With mom or dad's help, a patient, older child might even be able to train a goldfish with the R2 Solutions R2 Fish School available on this site.
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By K. Ward VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
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Dogfish is good for any child who pleads with their parent for a dog, and doesn't get one! But the little boy makes good with the use of his creative imagination and turns his goldfish into his own dog.
Very creative!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Caruso VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
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This is a wonderful story about a boy who wants a dog but then learns to look closer to home for the companionship he seeks...

Dogfish is written in a style in which readers young and old can find humor and enjoyment...The tale is a familiar one to parents and to those who remember their youth...

The illustrations are a combination of both modern and mid-century modern design, this lends a clean, crisp look to backgrounds and allows the action to take center stage...

It can be hard for kids to understand that when one door closes, another opens, and there is opportunity everywhere... Tales such as this are easy for children to relate to and with a parent's help they can apply almost any "want" to the story structure and learn to problem solve and to appreciate the things they have in new ways... In that way it acts as a social story, which are tools we frequently use with our five year old.

This is going on our favorites shelf, if it ever makes it past the bedtime story pile on the nightstand...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Fournier on January 28, 2009
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Dogfish is a cute read that, when I read it to my 3rd grade class, sparked a few interesting discussions. Our protagonist wants a dog but has a fish. Instead of finally pouting his way into a dog at the end, he instead finds peace with his fish and discovers his little goldie ain't so bad! I liked the realistic (parent/teacher friendly!) ending.

Besides this, the book is humorous and adorable with cute facial expressions and charming "vintage-looking" graphic design style illustrations. I'd definitely recommend this for a bedtime story or for new readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2009
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I agree with most of the other reviewers. This story is fun and playful overall, though at times it may be a bit sophisticated for younger readers. The illustrations are especially clever and interesting; they were my favorite part of the book. I do think it is a bit trite to ask a child to feel content with a fish instead of a dog, but I liked the message that you can use your imagination to have fun with what you have, even if you don't have exactly what you want. I think most everyone can relate to that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LoriAnnR VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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This book was just delightful for kids age 3-7. If your child is pestering you non-stop for a dog as they look at you with "hypnotizing eyes" (you'll get the "hypnotizing eyes" comment when you read the book); compromise and buy them this book (along with a goldfish of course)! Seriously though, this is really an entertaining book. The book is the story line, from a little boy's point of view, of his efforts to convince his mother that he really, really, REALLY needs a dog. After every thwarted attempt to make his mother see things his way, the boy provides a very humorous verbal account of how he looks upon receiving the bad news. This was a really interesting take on describing and illustrating emotions (i.e.: hopeless, irritated but sorrowful, sad). And then the book takes a turn because the little boy realizes that with patience, he could teach his goldfish tricks.....just like a dog. And in fact, he could do all the things with his goldfish that he imagined he could do with a dog. Positive emotions are then illustrated: feels good, happy, etc. All in all, a very good book that begins with a disgruntled "Everyone has a dog........except me" but in 28-pages ends with a blissfully HAPPY "why would I need a dog when I have the best goldfish in the world?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheia on January 13, 2009
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The book, "Dogfish" is about a boy who feels he is less happier than others becasue he does not own a dog (like everyone else), but a goldfish that cannot do what dogs do (wag a tail, go for a walk, catch a stick). At the end, the boy finds happiness in the goldfish. In sum:
1. The book's lesson is real important one for the kids. As we know children WANT things even though they do not really NEED them. And as parents, we cannot always give them what they want, so this lesson in the book will encouarge children to be content with what they already have.
2. The book's point is: find happiness in what you already have. This is done by (1) being creative with what you have and (2) being appreciative of what you have.

The book's illustration is simple but eye catching. My kids like the book. Also, it opened the door for teaching them to be happy with what they have (toys, books, etc). The book is also stitched (not glued to the spine), therefore it is sturdy. Highly recommended!
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