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REVIEW: The Day I Swapped by Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

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Title: The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish

Author: Neil Gaiman | Illustrator: Dave McKean

Publisher: HarperCollins | Published: September 26, 2006

Theme:  Father

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 64

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.8 | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis: The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is a hilarious adventure and was the first book for younger readers from the acclaimed author and illustrator of the New York Times best-sellers The Wolves in the Walls and Coraline. Chosen as one of Newsweek magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is beloved by readers of all ages. This new edition features brand-new jacket art and an afterword by the author on the origins of this unique and wonderfully funny story.

My thoughts…

Mmm…I didn’t like this book. I know repetition drives home a point, but in this case, I was overkill. The book is longer than other picture books, but to my chagrin, I was hard-pressed to know why. There really wasn’t any substance to this story. I hate that that book’s information is overshadowed by the illustrations on the page. You simply can’t read it.

McKean’s illustrations were the highlight of the entire book. His drawings were a think beauty and had a retro feel to them. The background provided a rich color contrast and character to the page. The callouts make sense for this book. I did like the font choice, which I believe may be handwritten. There are parts of this book that are quirky and downright silly but will surely appeal to some readers.

My rating…


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