We 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.