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The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish Paperback – Picture Book, September 26, 2006
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“A bittersweet, guffaw-out-loud story from the most distinctive partnership in picture books today.” (The Guardian (UK))
“McKean is in peak form here, with dark, spiky graphics that somehow manage to convey both sweetness and menace.” (Washington Post)
“Leave it to Neil Gaiman to write a zany tale that’s swimmingly good.” (The Washington Missourian)
“An energetic, eye-catching volume.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Dave McKean is best known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of graphic novels and for his CD covers for musicians from Tori Amos to Alice Cooper. He also illustrated Neil Gaiman's picture books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Crazy Hair. He is a cult figure in the comic book world, and is also a photographer.
- ASIN : 0060587032
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (September 26, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780060587031
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060587031
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.97 x 0.2 x 9.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #201,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The premise was so simple, yet so unlike anything else I've read for children. Neil Gaiman has the uncanny gift of being able to delve into the brains of any age group and write for them. In this case, it was the brain of a child, who was sick of seeing his dad just sitting around reading the newspaper. A child who was jealous of his friend's goldfish and wanted them so badly, he was willing to trade for them. In steps the useless, newspaper-reading, dad. The friend asks for the dad, the boy agrees. So the dad goes, and the kid gets his goldfish.
What he isn't aware of is that his dad was being traded around the entire neighborhood because he was so boring. So his friend traded his dad in the next door kid's guitar, and so on and so forth.
When the mom finds out what's happened, she gets mad and asks him to get his dad back. So begins the boy's journey to get everyone's things back to their original owner, in order to get his dad back.
So much fun!