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The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish Hardcover – 1 Sep 2004
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"Delightful." -- Time Out New York Kids
"An energetic, eye-catching volume." -- Publishers Weekly
Delightful. --Time Out New York Kids
"A bittersweet, guffaw-out-loud story from the most distinctive partnership in picture books today."--The Guardian (UK)
"Leave it to Neil Gaiman to write a zany tale that's swimmingly good."--The Washington Missourian
"Delightful."--Time Out New York Kids
"McKean is in peak form here, with dark, spiky graphics that somehow manage to convey both sweetness and menace."--Washington Post
"An energetic, eye-catching volume."--Publishers Weekly
Delightful. --Time Out New York Kids"
A bittersweet, guffaw-out-loud story from the most distinctive partnership in picture books today. --The Guardian (UK)"
McKean is in peak form here, with dark, spiky graphics that somehow manage to convey both sweetness and menace. --Washington Post"
Leave it to Neil Gaiman to write a zany tale that s swimmingly good. --The Washington Missourian"
An energetic, eye-catching volume. --Publishers Weekly"
-Delightful.---Time Out New York Kids
-A bittersweet, guffaw-out-loud story from the most distinctive partnership in picture books today.---The Guardian (UK)
-McKean is in peak form here, with dark, spiky graphics that somehow manage to convey both sweetness and menace.---Washington Post
-Leave it to Neil Gaiman to write a zany tale that's swimmingly good.---The Washington Missourian
-An energetic, eye-catching volume.---Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
"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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