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Memoirs of a Goldfish

Memoirs of a Goldfish

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by Devin Scillian

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Day OneI swam around my bowl. Day Two I swam around my bowl. Twice. And so it goes in this tell-all tale from a goldfish. With his bowl to himself and his simple routine, Goldfish loves his life..until one day... When assorted intruders including a hyperactive bubbler, a grime-eating snail, a pair of amorous guppies, and a really crabby crab invade his personal space


Day OneI swam around my bowl. Day Two I swam around my bowl. Twice. And so it goes in this tell-all tale from a goldfish. With his bowl to himself and his simple routine, Goldfish loves his life..until one day... When assorted intruders including a hyperactive bubbler, a grime-eating snail, a pair of amorous guppies, and a really crabby crab invade his personal space and bowl, Goldfish is put out, to say the least. He wants none of it, preferring his former peace and quiet and solitude. But 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. 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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6 - 9 Years

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Memoirs of a Goldfish 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What a great story and the pictures are just adorable. Bright, colorful illustrations and just looking at the facial expressions on the fish are enjoyable and tell a lot about how the story is being played out. The pictures center on a fishbowl as it gets congested with an assortment of vibrant, detailed items. Told in diary format this is a chronological story of a goldfish who thinks this life is grand just swimming around in his bowl and day-by-day things start to arrive in his bowl and it starts getting crowded. From Mr. Bubbles, snails, crabs, a sunken ship and more fish, the goldfish is sarcastic about his new roomies, “I was trying to find room for a swim today when Rhonda and Clark told me that they’re going to have babies soon. Like there’s room for THAT.” I just love his attitude as he gets crunched in his bowl. Everyone seems to be having a good time but the goldfish. Soon, he gets his wish and his bowl is empty again except for himself and now, he’s having second thoughts. He’s beginning to wonder how everyone will survive without him. The ending will leave smiles on your face and it just a wonderful book, which you’ll want to read again and again.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sigh...the life of a goldfish is, well, let's face it...dull. Swim, eat, nap, swim, eat, nap. What else is there to do in a tiny goldfish bowl? If you're curious (and you should be!), then check out Memoirs of a Goldfish! Life starts out pretty mundane for our featured goldfish: Day One - I swam around my bowl. Day Two - I swam around my bowl. Twice. Day Three - I swam around my bowl. I thought about taking a nap. But fish don't sleep. So I swam around my bowl. But on day four, well, that's when things start to get VERY interesting. You see, our goldfish gets a friend, a seriously funny friend. Then the next day another new friend shows up and each day after that, until that little bowl is just tooooo crowded. What will the goldfish do? He wants his bowl back! He wants HIS bowl, without any of those annoying newcomers. When the goldfish gets his wish, however, and he finds himself once again alone, he quickly realizes that he misses all his new friends. There is little doubt that this book will have your little one in stitches from page one. The story is sweet, goofy, and has a great ending; everything a good children’s book needs. The illustrations are absolutely perfect and together make for one very enjoyable story. Memoirs of a Goldfish has won numerous national awards including the prestigious "Children's Choices" award and it's easy to see why - it's a fun, silly, absolutely entertaining read. Quill says: Who knew the life of a goldfish could be so exciting? Check out this hysterical book and find out for yourself just what goes on in that goldfish bowl on your desk...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and 4 year old love this book. It shows that even when the fishbowl (or house) gets full or feels a little crazy, we still love everyone in it. This is told in a very funny way, and always sends my son into giggles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it with the girls i was babysitting and i was laughing as hard as they were. Good book, good ending, highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a sweet book of freindship. I recomend you read it. It is a cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at school and we had to plck a thing to do the point of vuew from my sister did our cat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was adorable. I work at a Preschool and the kids loved the book but it was witty enough that the other teachers loved it as well. I bought it for my niece and nephew as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book with charming illistrations! Every class I read this to adore it, highly recomended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always loking for books for young male readers. I saw this in the local BN store and read it there. It is funny and from the perspective of a fish. Even if there is no need to buy one check out this book. It is great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story about learning to appreciate - and - tolerate all in life that's annoying because being alone just isn't much fun. My grandsons love it and so do I.
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Memoirs of a Goldfish is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Quzygirl More than 1 year ago
Memoir of a Goldfish is simply said, Wonderful! Beautifully illustrated! We are introduced to a clever little goldfish that loves his simple lifestyle. He recounts 14 days of his life that start out simply as, "Day One... I swam around my bowl". But life even for a goldfish can get complicated and as the simple little bowl that serves as his home starts to fill up with other "fishbowl" items, such as Mr. Bubbles the scuba diver, Mervin the disgusting snail, and plants which he know he's going to have to "water now", the little goldfish laments for the simple solitary life he once had- until his wish comes true and he then realizes being alone isn't really as nice as all that. Children will delight in the memorable characters as they fill up the bowl! The story is wonderfully written and very clever! Children will learn the meaning of friendship and the value of sharing one's life with others. A sweet choice for children, but the adults in my household loved the story too!