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Sep 04 2015

My big fat zombie goldfish: Jurassic carp by Mo O'Hara

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Macmillan Children's Books, 2015. ISBN 9781447263838
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. I love that there are so many books to encourage reluctant boys to read. My big fat zombie goldfish is one of them. In this novel, readers will find two short stories about Tom and his pet zombie fish, Frankie.
The first story sees Tom on an excursion to a medieval fair. The fun part is they get to dress up. The not so fun part is Tom's older brother - who is a bit evil - gets to dress up as royalty and boss Tom around. Tom takes Frankie everywhere and he is at the fair too. It seems this zombie fish has the ability to feel when evil is around. Who is this knight called Night? And why do Frankie's eyes glow in his presence?
In the second story, a fossilised fish is found under the school. Of course, Frankie comes to school with Tom and his eyes start to glow. Why are they glowing in the presence of the scientist studying the fish discovery?
My big fat zombie goldfish is a fun read and uses quick moving, descriptive text and cartoon style images to engage readers. Readers will wish for their own pet zombie fish as they follow Tom, his best mate, Pradeep, and Frankie the zombie gold fish.
Kylie Kempster

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