You wouldn’t think the life of a goldfish would be particularly eventful. Indeed, Memoirs of a Goldfish starts out just as you might expect:
I swam around my bowl.
I swam around my bowl twice.”
But things start to get interesting when Mr. Bubbles, the first of many guests, joins Goldfish in his bowl. Goldfish’s diary entries get longer and longer as soon he is up to his ears (do goldfish have ears?) in news and intrigue. His comments are wry and funny and author Scillian has really given Goldfish a voice all his own. Goldfish begins to want his quiet life back until one day, as he says, “I just lost it. ‘This is my bowl!’ I screamed. ‘I want my bowl back!’” What is a fish in an overcrowded bowl to do?
The illustrations in Memoirs of a Goldfish are fantastic. Each page shows a different view of the fishbowl, and it is all that exists in Goldfish’s world. By the end of the story you really feel just how cramped Goldfish is as the pictures begin to overwhelm the page. It’s a surprisingly witty and wonderful view of life in a goldfish bowl.
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