Prepare to laugh out loud while reading this tell-all tale from a goldfish. With his bowl to himself and his simple routine, Goldfish loves his life...until one day...When assorted intruders including a hyperactive bubbler, a grime-eating snail, a pair of amorous guppies, and a really crabby crab invade his personal space and bowl, Goldfish is put out, to say the least. But time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life. And discover what he's been missing.
Sometimes it's not that we don't like people...it's just that we need space. At least, that's what I took away from this book about the travails of a housepet. Me and Goldfish, we understand each other. Thankfully, though miffed that people keep taking over his home, Goldfish comes to appreciate them, disgusting though they might be.
The real fun of this book comes to those who have been fish owners. The silly plants and bubble divers. The gross but fascinating snails that clean the tank scum. Guppies who seemingly multiply overnight. And crabs, scuttling around unseen until they pinch you. Fun stuff.
But not fun enough to make me want to own fish again. Or to make me vote this as Monarch winner.
Three out of five fish faces.
Release Date: April 2010
Reading Level: Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: MONARCH