Goldfish Ghost – by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown

   Goldfish Ghost – by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown, Roaring Brook Press, (9781626725072), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Count on Lemony Snicket to look at things in a different way, this time the life, or rather death, of a pet goldfish. The story opens post-death with the birth of a ghost goldfish. The fish floats upside down out the window looking for companionship. He encounters people at the beach, finds many ghosts of dead sea creatures, and even meets his replacement, a cute girl goldfish. However, he remains unsatisfied in his quest for good company, until he finds and joins the ghostly keeper of a nearby lighthouse. The story is quirky, as you might expect from Lemony Snicket with more sweet than usual to temper the bitter.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to young readers who like something a little different. It could work well as a nice non-scary Halloween ghost story or to comfort a youngster after the death of a pet.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with general picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Top third of the pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  7/11/17

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