From the crowded cover image there was only one way Memoirs of a Goldfish could go: the theme was going to be either: big fish in a little pond, goes to big pond and learns “There’s No Place Like Home” or the goldfish was going to go off looking for solitude and learn that “There’s No Place Like Home.” Either way, “There’s No Place Like Home” was going to be the message.
And it is. Somewhat. What I mean is, yes, when the Goldfish’s small (once perfect sized) bowl becomes so crowded, he cannot stand any of his bowl mates anymore; when he cannot even swim once around the bowl let alone twice and the reflection, he sees in the mirror does not even look like him, well enough is enough! And, he gets his wish for peace by suddenly, he is transferred into a new, small bowl. And, of course, while there are pros to the small bowl, he learns that now he is lonely and he misses his friends, even that “crabby guy.” What he learns, is (again of course) home is not where you are, but who you are with. And that mirror? Well it has a big surprise as …. Okay, I am not going to spoil the surprise.
Devin Scillian has an old story with some fun new twists and turns. And while getting there is familiar, you will find yourself enjoying this new telling of the “There’s No Place Like Home” theme. And Tim Bowers with his illustrations is worth the price of admission by himself. These bright, busy, bold, colorful, goofy, funny and sweet illustrations compliment the text perfectly. This is one fish tale your friends and family will not mind being told over and over.