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Memoirs of a Goldfish Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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About the Author
Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He has written more than 10 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling A is for America: An American Alphabet and Brewster the Rooster. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit.
Early in his career Tim Bowers worked for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children’s books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best” list. He also illustrated the widely popular First Dog. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.
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"Day One: I swam around my bowl.
Day Two: I swam around my bowl. Twice."
That's how the goldfish's diary begins, but it doesn't stay boring for long. Soon his bowl is overcrowded with stuff and other creatures, and he has to stake his claim on "his tank."
My 6-year-old son doesn't generally get stuck on a particular book, but we read this book twice. Then he kept it beside his bed and was reading it in the mornings himself. Then his dad read it to him.
We all give it two thumbs up. It's cute and clever and fun. According to the jacket flap, "Time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life. And discover what he's been missing."
Yes, there is a little bit of a moral there, but it's not shoved down the reader's throat. And does it need to be? No, it stands alone as a sometimes sweet and sometimes silly tale.
Mr. Bubbles still hasn't said a word.
He just looks at me. I said 'Hello' today.
And he said, "Ggggllllggggllll."
Pretty soon they're joined by a crab, a glamorous angelfish, a sunken pirate ship and two guppies (with more on the way). The goldfish can't wait to get out of there, but when he's transferred to a new bowl, he finds he misses the whole crazy crew after all. And he's super relieved to be returned to them... this time in a huge new aquarium, with a new friend, Gracie, another goldfish. Pair this book with any version of the Jewish folktale Too Much Noise for a humorous look at how sometimes the people that drive you nutty are the people you want around the most.
By the sixth day there were a ton of plants in the bowl and on the seventh there was a snail by the name of Mervin who ate "slime off the inside of the bowl" and was infinitely more disgusting than Mr. Bubbles ever thought of being. Things were really starting to heat up (and getting way too crowded) when a crab by the name of Fred showed up. Now that guy was dangerous and when "he snapped his claw" poor Mervin went out like a light on the bottom of the bowl lying in that pretty green colored gravel along the bottom. By day nine the bowl became totally insane with the addition of "a sunken pirate ship, two guppies named Rhoda and Clark, and an angelfish name Cha-Cha who says she's from Hollywood." What next? The bowl was once a nice place to live (even with Mr. Bubbles), but now it was simply insane!
This tale of a totally outrageous, overcrowded, hilarious goldfish habitat will tickle anyone's funny bone. The goldfish "talks" to us in a diary-like fashion telling us how his days are going and how his bowl is filling up with unwanted guests. Of course my favorite scene is when poor Mervin has passed out from fright when Fred snaps at him. The artwork is colorful, meshes perfectly with the tale, and is quite expressive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kids (7, 10, 12) and I love this book :-). So entertaining for all ages! Even my 12 year old still thinks it's funny!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This may be my favorite children's book of all time. I purchase this for all of my friends who have babies. I even read it to my entire office staff one Friday for stress relief. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noelle
Having read this to children at a daycare center, I had to get one to have at home for my grandchildren. This book is always a hit with children of all ages (adults too!).Published 4 months ago by DJ-B
This is a very cute story. The kids in my class loved the humor woven throughout the story!Published 4 months ago by kim
This was an excellent book for 4yrs+. Subtle humor and delightful characters.Published 5 months ago by PFullam
One of my children's very favorite books. Adorable book & my new favorite book to gift to new families!Published 7 months ago by Julie P
Easily at the top of my favorite children's book. Love this cynical little fish; love the lesson!Published 7 months ago by Laura Currado