The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

Book - 2004
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After trading his father for two goldfish, a boy and his little sister go on a rollicking adventure around town to get him back.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004
Edition: Rev. ed. --
ISBN: 9780060587031
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: McKean, Dave


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(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Apr 14, 2012

Gaiman + McKeen = perfection. It's a picture book but perfect for adults who love graphic novels.

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Apr 14, 2018

This book was funny! (Alessia, age 7)

Mar 11, 2017

Gaiman is always so quirky and creative in his writing, you can never guess where the story will go next. The illustrations are great in this as well; beautiful and unusual.

Feb 24, 2017

I have enjoyed some of Mr. Gaiman's adult books (others not at all); I am an adult reader who does enjoy children's books. The words/story were okay, but the pages were so busy with the pictures that it detracted from my enjoyment of the book tremendously. Also, I absolutely did not like the font used with the writing. I have never understood why a book cannot be easy visually to read--the "writing" style used in this book took more effort than necessary to figure out what the words actually were, and since they were all over the pages, what their order was. Literally none of the words were easy to read--the end pages were in the style of font that simulates old, beat-up, heavily inked typewriting. Ugh! That, combined with the dark multitude of pictures, made it not exactly uncomfortable to read, but not pleasurable either. Oh, well. Perhaps small children who are being read to and who only have to worry about looking at the overlapping dark mixed up pictures enjoy it. But this is not something I would recommend.

Aug 28, 2012

Only from the mind of Neil Gaiman could come a story of a boy who swaps his father for two goldfish. When his mother finds out about the trade, the boy is forced to return the goldfish, only to find that his father has been traded away. The reader then follows the boy as he traces the trades in hopes of finding his father.

Whimsically illustrated and wickedly funny, this book will appeal to the older reader.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes Apr 14, 2012

Gaiman + McKeen = perfection. It's a picture book but perfect for adults who love graphic novels.

Jul 29, 2010

Of all of his books for younger readers, this is probably my favourite. The dialogue and interaction between the boy and his sister is funny, and spot on! I remember fighting with my brothers and sisters the same way! Also a very quirky and fun story, in true Gaiman style


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Aug 23, 2014

"I told you" said the little girl to her older brother when he gets in trouble for swapping his dad for two goldfish. A very funny book

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