Tandra’s Picture Book Review

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

                I just finished a cute little children’s book called, “Memoirs of a Goldfish” written by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers. Right away I fell in love and at the end I was looking the book up online to order to put in my personal library for my children. I give this book five out of five stars for sure.

It is a story about a goldfish’s first day in a new bowl alone with nothing but water, and pebbles, and he loves it. He has the whole bowl all to himself to swim around. After a couple days swimming around his spacious bowl, like anyone he becomes lonely. Little did he know his bowl was about to be more crowded than ever. A sea diver, plants, a snail, a crab, a sunken pirate ship, two guppies, an angelfish, and another goldfish were abruptly calling his small bowl home as well. Before he knows it, he is screaming to have his bowl back to himself.

Unexpectedly, he gets his wish, he is placed in a bowl with nothing but water. At last, he was in heaven, swimming around alone, but this blissful feeling didn’t last long at all. Soon, he became concerned, worried about all his new bowl mates, and how they are doing without him, and if they even notice he is gone. After a long, sad, night suddenly he is placed in a new much bigger tank with all his tank mates plus, some new baby guppies. He realized how happy it made him to be a part of a big family.

This book is adorable and funny. The illustrations are charming and clear. I think this book is simple, but so smart. By the end you realize it’s just the experience of getting a goldfish from the fair and slowly turning it into an aquarium, but from a goldfish’s point of view. While also adding humor, family, and love. It also reminds us how easy it is to accidently take the people or things we love for granted. What I took from it mainly, was how you can’t be together alone and for some of us we prefer to swim together.

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