Friday, January 27, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday - Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.

Written by: Kelly DiPucchio  Illustrated by: Bob Shea

Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group 2011
Fiction for ages 4-8

Themes: pets, humor, friendship

Opening and brief synopsis:
To any outsider, Gilbert had everything a goldfish could ever want.
The one thing Gilbert wants the most in the entire world is a pet. A variety of pets arrive at his house, but none stay for long. Then Gilbert gets quite a surprise. Is it the perfect pet or something else….? (The ending is surprise, and I don’t want to give anything away. Kids will love it!)

Why I like this book:
Kelly is one of my favorite authors, I love the rhythm of her books, whether they are in rhyme or prose. Gilbert is written in prose and includes fun verbs and bits of repetition. The surprise at the end of the book is wonderful and may not be caught by very young readers, as it is in the illustrations not the words. Kids will love the suspenseful page turns and conclusion.


Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill.  For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.


  1. What a lovely bright cheerfully illustrated book this is. It has the warm feeling of hope as well. Thankyou for sharing this, I must look out for it.

  2. I Love both Kelly DiPucchio and Bob Shea's work...what a great combo! Haven't read this yet, but will. Looks esp. great for my 2 & 4 yr old grandkids... Hugs!

  3. Sounds cute. I've never personally owned a fish, but I think I have a thing for fish in picture books.

  4. I lie this author. Nice choice. Sounds like a fun read at bed time. And, I can only imagine the number of pets that parade past Gilbert, with other ideas. The tension sounds just right for kids. Great choice.

  5. Sounds like a cute read. Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  6. OK, now you've totally piqued my interest! I'm dying to know how the book turns out, so I'm going to have to betake myself to the library and find out! Sounds like a very fun read!

  7. A goldfish getting a pet? Right away I'm intrigued...

  8. We love surprise endings! Thanks for sharing this book.

  9. I want to know what the surprise is really, REALLY BAD!!!!!!
    The book seems to be hilarious because of the title AND because a GOLDFISH wants a PET! (I was laughing at the title and the idea of the story)
    Erik ;)

  10. Thanks to you all for stopping by! Yes, definitely check out the surprise ending, you'll love it!

  11. Gilbert is adorable! What a fun concept! So original-and I can't wait to read it to find out the surprise ending. Thanks, Jennifer!

  12. This sounds so adorable! I want to know about the surprise ending :)

  13. Lovely choice, Jennifer! I love that the goldfish (who is a pet to most kids) wants to have a pet...I know kids will love it also...might start a flurry of requests for a goldfish. :)


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