May 17, 2017

Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snickett, illustrated by Lisa Brown

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:25 pm by suebe2

Goldfish Ghost
by Lemony Snicket
illustrated by Lisa Brown
A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press

I have to admit that I had no clue what to expect from this book. I loved Lemony Snicket’s snarky sense of humor in the A Series of Unfortunate Events Books.  And, yes, I knew that he had already published another picture book.  But a book about a ghostly goldfish?  How was that going to work?

Quite well as it turns out.

“Goldfish Ghost was born
on the surface of the water
in a bowl on the dresser in
a boy’s room.”

Goldfish hangs out for a while but the bedroom is a pretty boring place for a ghost.  Goldfish drifts out the window and into town looking for a friend.  From sea gulls to a variety of people, there is a lot going on but no one notices Goldfish. Down at the beach, he finds even more people as well as a variety of ghostly sea creatures ranging from jelly fish to fish of all kinds, including a shark.  Goldfish finds it all interesting but the ocean just doesn’t feel like home so he drifts on with the breeze.

At last he drifts towards the old light house. It hasn’t been used for many years but inside he finds what he seeks, another ghost in search of company.  There’s more to the story but I’m going to make you read it yourself for the slightly sweet ending. Yes – slightly sweet from Lemony Snicket. Who’d have believed it?

Every parent of a fish owning child knows the stomach-tightening sensation of finding a floating fish.  Fortunately Brown’s sweet cartoony illustrations make this a non-issue.  India ink line drawings with water color make for a soft, dreamy story scape.

No, this picture book wouldn’t be for every child but then again no book is.  Still this book isn’t gruesome or scary and could easily serve to make an unknown space, the loss of a pet, just a bit warmer and more comfortable.


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