The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

[ 0 ] September 26, 2007 |

twogoldfish bookWe discovered this book by Neil Gaiman on a recent trip to the library. What a cool find for kids and parents. I am a fan of Dave McKean’s mixed-media style illustrations — his art is an amazing combination of collage, paint, and pen. The book came with a CD of the author reading the story — hearing Neil read was a treat.

This zany story is about what happens when you trade your dad with a friend for two goldfish, and your mom finds out. We got caught up in the funny journey the brother and sister go on to retrieve their dad. We had the book out for less than a week and my boys listened to it more times than I can remember.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (age 5 and up). Written by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean.

If you liked that book, try The Wolves in the Walls. Also written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. This is a funny story about what may be hiding in your walls and how the family reacts to the situation.

After reading these books, my boys and I talked about what we’d do if we were in these situations, which led to making up our own stories. See what your kids think.

Category: books / stories

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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