I’m seriously lucky in that my boys are fantastic, enthusiastic readers. They have a genuine love of books and don’t need much encouragement to curl up with a novel.
What they are, however, is picky. They are like the good gourmet eaters of reading. They turn their noses up at a lot of fiction, but gorge on certain series and authors. It can be hard (for me) to predict what’s going to be a hit.
We were traveling in Ireland when I first heard about the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series by Mo O’Hara. Scholastic offered me the chance to review and participate in a literary giveaway.
From the publisher:
When Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his older brother’s evil science experiment by zapping him back to life with a battery, he never expected his pet to become a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with incredible hypnotic powers. Any Fin Is Possible is the 4th book in the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series and is for readers aged 7-10. Fintastic Fishsitter is a new picture book under the series branding and is for children aged 5-7 years old.
I asked my younger son Leo about the books and whether he’d heard of them. “Oh yeah!” he said enthusiastically, “My friend Ami just read that I think, and he says it is really funny! It’s a whole series!”
“Do you want to read it too?” I asked.
“Sure!” he shrugged and smiled. Then he launched into a whole explanation of the series, telling me what he knew of the stories. “It’s about a zombie goldfish that was resuscitated* or something and now it bypnotizes people and there’s all this crazy stuff”
Naturally, with a glowing endorsement like this from an 8 year old, I agreed to check out these books.
The package was waiting when we arrived home from Ireland this weekend. It was perfect timing as Leo had just finished a novel and was looking for a new read. He dove rightinto the package to check it out. We decided to check out the picture book first. Moments later he and his 11 year old older brother were giggling at the silly illustrations and preposterous plot that has the protagonist’s little sister babysitting a cat and a fish, encouraging them to play “nice” together.
Preposterous + zombie + interspecies drama = a sure hit with this age group.
If you are looking for a fast and fun read for your 1-4rd grader you might want to check out My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish and The Fintastic Finsitter. which is a great companion book for younger siblings or bedtime story hour.
*My 8yo son actually used the word “resuscitate”. He has been casually slipping in words like symmetry and somnambulance into his speech since he was six and I credit his love of reading much more than his sister’s sleepwalking and my own love of “matchiness”.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group . The opinions and text are all mine.
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- The Seaquel: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
- Fins of Fury: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
- Any Fin Is Possible: My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
- The Fantastic Fishsitter
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