The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish by Neil GaimanThe Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

byNeil Gaiman

Paperback | September 26, 2006

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"I'll swap you my dad," I said.

"Oh-oh," said my little sister.

What if you wanted your best friend's two goldfish so much that you'd swap anything for them, even your father?

What if your mother came home and found out what you'd done?

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two GoldfishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060587032

ISBN - 13:9780060587031

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable! ***CONTAINS SPOILERS!!*** When I first started reading this book, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the world of Neil Gaiman and I knew that this was more of a children’s book, but I still had my doubts. Having recently read The Graveyard Book, another book for children by Neil Gaiman, I was surprised at how short TDISMDFTG was. At first the pictures seemed very haphazard and annoying, but after a few pages in I felt entranced by what Dean McKean was creating with his illustrations. I loved how the goldfish were shown as real goldfish, and not a drawing of goldfish. That, paired with the almost-chicken-scratch drawings that appear throughout, and the beautiful drawings of the ideas of man, the illustrations actually weaved together to create a great atmosphere. The story turned out to be very charming. As stated at the end of the book, Gaiman wrote TDISMDFTG after his son exclaimed that he wished, instead of his father, that he had goldfish. Don’t we all wish we could swap a loved one for something else? You know, in those moments of anger where we don’t really mean it? Kind of like in Home Alone where Kevin wishes that he didn’t have a family and then he wakes up without one. Yeah, totally like that. The main character wishes his father was as interesting as his friend Nathan’s new goldfish and decides to swap Nathan for just that – his dad. After all, all he does is sit around and read the newspaper. A very quick read, one that took me about 10 minutes to get through, TDISMDFTG is full of mystery as the young boy and his sister search for the whereabouts of their dad (since his mom was NOT impressed at the arrangement!) and it’s full of humour – especially when they actually find their father. The banter between the boy and his sister is quite amusing and quite funny. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish is a memorable book that all ages can appreciate. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Unfortunately, I can't say I enjoyed this picture book much. A cliched story of swapping one thing for another ... and so on, with a little twist that the thing being swapped is a boy's father. The father is oblivious to his repeatedly being swapped as he is immersed in reading the newspaper. When the mother finds out that father has been swapped for two goldfish she sends the son off to swap him back. Of course, when he arrives he finds out that his dad has been swapped for something else and the boy runs all over town re-swapping items until the mindless father is finally found. Can't say the story did anything for me at all and I really didn't like the portrayal of the clueless father. (A great book with a swapping theme that I highly recommend is The Seventeenth Swap by Eloise Jarvis McGraw.) However, I did really enjoy the mixed-media collage illustrations by McKean. I dabble in this artform myself and ended up studying the techniques used in each illustration.
Date published: 2009-03-06

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