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The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish (Book & CD) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Neil Gaiman , Dave McKean
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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3 Oct 2005 Book & CD
When a boy swaps his dad for two goldfish he does not really think through the consequences! After all, he is not the only person who can swap stuff. When the boy is told by his mother that he has to get his father back it is not so easily done. It seems that the father has a pretty high value as he has been traded by one child to the next leaving a trail that the son has to follow. Where will it all end?

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (3 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747578400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747578406
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 25 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the most stylish picture books for 5+ ... a strange, cathartic, visually original book about a scary prediction that comes true, and is also classy and cool' Sunday Times Books of the Year 'A truly imaginative tale matched by a visual treat of painting, collage and drawing' Independent on Sunday

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Neil Gaiman is the bestselling, multi-prize-winning author of many books for adults, among them novels and graphic novels. He is also a screenplay writer and the author of Coraline and The Wolves in the Walls for the children's audience. Neil is British and lives in America. Dave McKean is a long-time collaborator of Neil's and has worked with him on many titles, including The Wolves in the Walls. Dave is also a film-maker and he lives in Sevenoaks in Kent.

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One day my mom went out and left me at home with just my little sister and my dad. Read the first page
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How much does a father go for these days? 26 Aug 2000
When a young boy (the story doesn't give him a name) decides to swap for a friend's goldfish, he finds that his father is the ultimate bargaining chip--after all, hasn't everyone always wanted to own one? The boy's father is such a hot item, in fact, that the neighborhood kids pass him back and forth, making one deal after another. Eventually, the mother sends the boy and his little sister to recover their father ("The very idea," she says), and they follow the swapping trail, redistributing the trade items as they go.

"The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish" is a brilliantly illustrated adventure map that navigates the relative values and the strange economy of childhood. Neil Gaiman's lively text is written with that special children's logic and fresh humor found in classics like "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "Peter Pan," and the rich texture of Dave McKean's images--vivid line drawings and colorful montages--gives the story a look that is unique in children's literature. This book occupies a special place in my library with a very few picture books, like "Old Turtle" and "Little Hobbin," that I could never part with.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read it to your kids 4 July 2007
By Saffron
My son was given this book when he was five, and together we have read it with great relish. It is a hilarious story of sibling bickering, playground swapsies, and emotional family bonds. We still enjoy reading it now that he is seven. The story is magical, and the illustrations are out of this world. If you don't have a kid of your own to buy it for, buy it for someone else's kid, but make sure you read it before you give it to them.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!! 19 May 2008
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This isn't just a kids book! I'm in my late twenties and I love it! The illustrations are utterly fabulous! The story is imaginative and funny! Anyone who loves beautiful, original, eclectic kids books will treasure this!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Funny 23 May 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is another kids book by the winning team of Neil Gaiman and David McKean who did the excellent; The Wolves in the Walls. This is less dark than The Wolves, and has more of a gentle humour which follows a traditional fairy tale pattern, that of the kind of knock on effect. The boy swaps his father for two goldfish, but when forced by his mother to go and get him back, he has to chase about town as other children swap on the dad before the boy gets there.

I love the fact that the mother is cross but only mildly, rather as if the boy had tracked mud on the carpet, and the fact that the father is completely unaware that he is being swapped, being too engrossed in the paper. It's lovely. The boy's bickering relationship with his sister is also beautifully drawn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This story is about a great old childhood wish...swapping a member of your family for something else, something fantastic! A young boy swaps his Dad for two goldfish but his plan doesn't work as he wanted it to because his Mum comes home and tells him off. The story follows the young boy and his younger sister as they try to find their Dad and swap him back.

We thought the idea for the story was clever. We liked the fact that the Dad was continually swapped for something else. It was funny when he kept being swapped for other things and the young boy had to keep walking to try and find him. We also liked the fact that the Dad didn't even notice.

The illustrations linked in strongly with the story. We liked them because of the colours and different styles of drawing. We thought the backgrounds added to the illustrations at the front, making them more detailed.

Our copy of the book came with a CD, which we found great! This really helps younger children with the story. We would recommend this book to other children who are looking for a different type of book to read.

By Lauren J, Lauren G, Toni, Alex M, Liam, Daniel, Chantelle, Brandon L, Jordan H, Grzegorz, Brandon M, Alex W, Ross & Gillian.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 3 Feb 2009
Its beautiful, irreverent,simple and funny. WHat more could you wish? Well, it seems I see the beauty of it more than my children do, but perhaps they're to young yet (2 and 5). Buy it for yourself then, or for someone at ten. And what you can't see here online is the good quality of the paper, which is nice, when you're sitting with the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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A richly illustrated story about a boy who trades his father for two goldfish, and then has to get him back when his mom finds out. It reads like a child, thinks like a child, and it doesn't have a moral to teach. Just pure reading bliss. I love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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An absolutely fabulous story, complete with first class illustrations. Certainly brings artwork into the 21st Century. Wish there were more authors and Illustrators of this standard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely illustrations and text - my children really enjoyed it.
Very unusual. Lovely illustrations and text - my children really enjoyed it.
Published 4 days ago by Caroline S
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first personal diary writing
Bought to support my literacy lessons. Great first personal diary writing. Bit more accessible than Diary of a Wimpy Kid...
Published 28 days ago by Cherub
4.0 out of 5 stars joyce
my grandson thought the story was to short,would have to read a bit more action,maybe the age group was wrong
Published 6 months ago by joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems.
Book was Good quality, CD worked well and arrived promptly. Happy with purchase.

But not sure about the actually book itself, wasn't too sure of all the colour and all... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Glass Mannequin
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with children of all ages!
A great book that I have shared with children of all ages and had a captive result. For me the illustrations are irritating but children love them and older children (10-11) find... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. N. Hammerton
5.0 out of 5 stars prompt delivery - very good condition
very good condition for a second hand book.
It's a brilliant book which is now difficult to get in the shops
Published 7 months ago by R I Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so
I liked this short book, but our kids (about 9 and 7 at the time) didn't.
Our youngest ... maybe was scared?
Her brother - just not really interesting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. WILLIAMSON
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting!
i always enjoy collaborations of Gaiman and McKean, so i had nothing less to wait from this book!
great illustrations and funny storyline!
Published 15 months ago by vaso k
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant book with amazing illustrations. Lots to discuss and consider while reading and a great read for all ages. I love this author!
Published on 29 April 2011 by Shooting Star
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible accompanying CD
While this story is quite amusing to read, the accompanying audio CD is very poor. It is read in a flat monotone and both my children (aged 8 and 10) found it extremely... Read more
Published on 24 April 2011 by jonathan f cook
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