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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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Top Customer Reviews
"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.
fantastic, and probably my favorite.
The little goldfish in the story is very human-like. He is in a goldfish bowl, all by himself, he is lonely and bored. A "toy/boy" in a diving suit arrives. Goldfish is very leery.
Then some plastic plants enter the picture "I guess I'll have to water them. Great." With each addition, he gets crankier. Finally by day 12, he hollers "This is my bowl. I want
my bowl back!" He eventually gets his wish, as the others are taken out of the bowl and put into a bigger aquarium. He was contented for a little while, but soon was lonely again.
And he began to worry about the others and he even asked himself "Does anyone miss me?" I don't want to give away the ending :>) but it is resolved happily.
And kudos to the illustrator. I haven't seen such a fine example of expressions on little storybook animals since Lynn Munsinger's critters in "Don't Need Friends" which co-incidentally has
a similar theme.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Because I loved it. It was really great. Thank you.
My favourite part of the story was day thirteen. Thank you.
Awesome book! It is my favorite children's book right now and everyone who reads it falls in love with it.Published 3 months ago by DAR
Kids LOVE this story, must read at least TWICE :)
addresses diary concept
This is such a sweet story, and the illustrations are great.Published 4 months ago by Meghan McGuire
Super cute book! Can't wait to add it to the library of my future classroom.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 7 months 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 7 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 9 months ago by DJ-B