Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian is one of the books that I picked up from Sleeping Bear Press at BEA when Carrie and I got to hang out with Audrey for a bit and hear what is new from them.
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."
Six-year-old Kyle 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.
I've linked this up to Kids' Picks at 5 Minutes for Books. See what other kids are reading as well, the 3rd Tuesday of each month.