(Part of my personal
Publication Date: August 2004
Short Synopsis (Goodreads):
"I'll swap you my dad," I said.What if you wanted your best friend's two goldfish so much that you'd swap anything for them, even your father?
"Oh-oh," said my little sister.
What if your mother came home and found out what you'd done?
My Review: This is a fun-ly illustrated romp through a boys attempts to get something more interesting than his dad (the Queen of Melanesia even makes an appearance!).
Technically this was Neil's first children's book. He's good at whatever he does! Neil and David McKean are as always a great combination and each page was a delight to read and look at. I like how even though the boy originally traded him for two goldfish, he admitted at the end that his dad was a good daddy.
All the same, I think it's cute how Neil Gaiman has said that the fact that children give this book to their fathers has made him feel guilty and so he his upcoming book, "Fortunately, the Milk", was written so that dad's could have an uplifting book given to them as a present. I'm really looking forward to reading that one.
This book was apparently inspired by Mr. Gaiman's own son, who, upon being told to go to bed, stated that he didn't want a dad...he'd rather have goldfish, and thus this little adventure began.