Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Petby Kelly DiPucchio, Bob Shea (Illustrator)
Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a castle, a chest filled with treasure, and food that falls from the sky. But there's one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert's harrowing search for the perfect fishbowl companion - a search filled with loud barking, quiet buzzing, and one giant whiskered surprise!
With snappy, rhythmic text and the most irresistible goldfish in picture book history, this tale of fish woe and triumph will make readers long for a pet as lovable as Gilbert.
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“A fresh, funny take on a popular topic—the perfect pet.” — Kirkus
“Shea’s bright, high-contrast artwork has a TV cartoon vibe.” — Publishers Weekly
“Shea’s bold, expressive illustrations elevate this to a higher plane.” — School Library Journal
“Pet lovers of all age will approve.” — Viginian-Pilot
A fresh, funnytake on a popular topic—the perfect pet.
Gilbert is a happy, happy goldfish, except for one very important thing. He desperately wants a pet. Not surprisingly, when a dog arrives and befriends Gilbert, the little fish is over the moon. That is, until all that barking begins to irritate his nerves. Gilbert is happy when the yappy dog departs, but he still wants a pet. Next to come by is a mouse. Gilbert thinks she will make the perfect pet, but she disappears once she realizes that though he is orange, Gilbert is not, in fact, a piece of cheese. Gilbert next meets a fly, but that relationship quickly ends with the unceremonious "Thwack!" of a fly-swatter. Poor Gilbert. Will he ever find the perfect pet? Shea's bright, cartoonlike illustrations place the emphasis on Gilbert's emotional rollercoaster. His excitement and disappointment as he gets to know each possible pet are palpable, with swift digital semicircles charting his ups and downs.
Pair with Emma Dodd's What Pet to Get (2008) or Fiona Robertson's Wanted: The Perfect Pet (2010) for surefire pet-centric fun. (Picture book. 4-8)
Meet the Author
Kelly DiPucchio is the New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and coauthor of The Sandwich Swap. She lives in Macomb, Michigan.
Bob Shea wrote and illustrated the award-winning hit Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.
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