Giggle. Gurgle. Goldfish!

Summary:

Those first few days in his fishbowl Goldfish had the place to himself! But then life changed. Every day someone else was taking up his space: a bubbling diver with no name, Mervin (snail), Fred (crab), Cha-Cha (angelfish), and Rhoda and Clark (guppies). Someone must have heard him yell at his bowl-mates about the overcrowing because he got moved to a bowl by himself. Goldfish was ready to enjoy a quiet life again, but then he started worrying about what happened to everyone else. Would he ever see them again?


Parent Perspective:
The story has a great message and offers it in a sweet, thoughtful way. This would have been a book we read and re-read a hundred times with our daughter. She would have loved Goldfish, giggled at the predicaments, and laughed out loud at the irony of a fish needing suntan lotion (among other things). She also would have asked to get a goldfish as a pet!

A minor nit: I wish that Goldfish had talked to his friends and apologized for snapping at them.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A clever, well-spoken goldfish will have readers of all ages giggling, laughing, and enjoying a sweet story about being careful of what you wish for.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book story told as a journal.
Educational Themes:

There are several layers to the story that go beyond the humor and wordplay. The friendship theme goes deeper than being lonely, but also conveys the idea of accepting others for who they are. Ask your child to be Cha-Cha, Fred, Rhoda, or Clark - would they have accepted the goldfish right after their fight? Should Goldfish apologize? What would that look like?

The story may also help convey the idea of "be careful of what you wish for" which is not always easily understood at a young age.

Reading Level:
2.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is part of a series and will easily be a book young readers come back to from time to time when they need a giggle.
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Title Memoirs of a Goldfish
Author Devin Scillian
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press © 2010
Illustrators Tim Bowers
ISBN 9781585365074
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Animal Character, Friendship
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