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Memoirs of a Goldfish Hardcover – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Series: AWARDS: Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards - Picture Books 2012
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585365076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585365074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is a cute story that's beautifully illustrated.
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It's a great book that my grand kids and I enjoyed reading together.
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They both loved this book so much, I had to go out & buy a copy.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely, bright, and whimsical picture book. Since my favorite genre at the moment is memoir, I loved the play on that genre -- a picture book that is set up as a goldfish's diary.

"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.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wiley Blevins on June 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Today most picture books are all about the art--devoid of any memorable or moving story. "Memoir of a Goldfish" is that rare find that combines incredible art with a humorous and heartwarming tale. The expression of the goldfish's eyes speak volumes, yet the text holds it own--the kind of story readers will remember, revisit, and share. I loved this book so much I immediately shared it with someone standing near me in the bookstore. Kinda creepy, I know . . . but I couldn't help it. I hope more picture book authors learn the art of storytelling like this author. Young readers deserve more books like this. What a fun read!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Shisler on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Memoirs of a Goldfish is a beautiful story written about a goldfish who learns the simple lesson in life, it is better to be surrounded by the love of your friends and family then to swim through life on your own. It is beautifully written for a child to enjoy (my 3 year old loves Mr. Bubbles) along with teaching a wonderful life lesson. The illustration of the story is just great!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on July 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book caught my attention right away and I enjoyed the story a lot. A goldfish lives a solitary existence in a small, boring bowl. Soon, he's joined by a tankmate or two: first a diving man bubbler, then some plants, next a snail named Mervin. The goldfish's deadpan delivery comes across in lines like these:

"Day Five.
Mr. Bubbles still hasn't said a word.
He just looks at me. I said 'Hello' today.
And he said, "Ggggllllggggllll."
He's creepy."

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Memoir of a Goldfish is simply said, Wonderful! Beautifully illustrated! We are introduced to a clever little goldfish that loves his simple lifestyle. He recounts 14 days of his life that start out simply as, "Day One... I swam around my bowl". But life even for a goldfish can get complicated and as the simple little bowl that serves as his home starts to fill up with other "fishbowl" items, such as Mr. Bubbles the scuba diver, Mervin the disgusting snail, and plants which he know he's going to have to "water now", the little goldfish laments for the simple solitary life he once had- until his wish comes true and he then realizes being alone isn't really as nice as all that. A sweet choice for children, but the adults in my household loved the story too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amber L. Coon on April 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for my son through a scholastic book order, and I was pleasently surprised at how funny and cute the story is. I love the little bits of sarcasm. My son loves this book and we have read it almost every night at bedtime since we got it a couple of weeks ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Baby Book Reader on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My son brought this home from the school library (he's 4) and we also have a 1 year old. They both loved this book so much, I had to go out & buy a copy. I have never read a kids book that made me laugh out loud with each page. It is simply adorable, clever, and quite possibly my new favorite kids book. LOVE IT!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Koch on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher who was introduced to this book by the author's mother. She donated a copy to the school and we read it for our ocean theme. The book had both the kids and teachers rolling. It is packed with clever humor for both kids and adults alike. We trully enjoyed the writing and the illustrations. I was so entertained by this book I had to have a copy for my own family. Great book for kids and adults of all ages!!!
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