Neil Gaiman turns his attention towards children again and with that we rejoice

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two GoldfishIf you’re a fan of graphic-novel superstar Neil Gaiman, then you’ll be doubly excited that he’s teamed up with mixed-media god Dave McKeen in the children’s book, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. But even if you’ve never heard either of those names, you (and of course the kids) will love this story of a sarcastic brother/sister duo who tromp all over town to find their father.

Honestly, I can’t decide which part of this book is better: the story or the illustrations. McKean’s whimsical drawings and vibrant photography render this book worthy of front-facing shelf time. And Gaiman’s witty dialogue still tickles me two years into book ownership. Sample: Some people have great ideas maybe once or twice in their life, and then they discover electricity or fire or something … I get them two or three times a week.

Call me a dribbling fangirl of this fantastic read. – Rita

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish or Gaiman’s latest for older kids, the Newberry award winning The Graveyard Bones at Amazon.

Rita Arens is the blogger of Surrender Dorothy, Deputy Editor for, the force behind the parenting anthology "Sleep is for the Weak," and a former Cool Mom Picks contributor.

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