Illustrations by Lisa Brown
A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2017
From the dust jacket, “Goldfish Ghost was born on the surface of the water in a boy’s room. Feeling lonely, he sets out to find some company.
“As he floats over the neighborhood, past the fishing pier, and into a cheerful seaside town, he discovers that not many people pay attention to ghosts.
“Off he floats, searching for the perfect home and the perfect friend…
“And then he hears a voice….”
This is Lemony Snicket book is a good one – a bit weird (whoever heard of a goldfish ghost?) (and who would think of one?) but a wonderful, touching little tale of a lonely goldfish. He floats around looking for companionship and finding no one who even notices he’s around he floats back to his own goldfish bowl only to find a live goldfish living there. Now, he not only has no friend, he has no home either. So off he floats to wherever the wind takes him. Will he find a companion? Someone who can see him and be with him? Yes, he does but I won’t tell you any more – no spoilers here!
I liked this story a lot and the illustrations are wonderful. I also decided that the artist must be a cat lover because she hides a little kitty in her pictures wherever she can – kind of what mom does in her collages.
Rating 4 out of 5 paws – Even if you don’t believe in ghosts I hope you will like this story because it reminds us that somewhere out in the world there is a companionable soul for everyone – we just need to find each other.