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My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish

When Tom's big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking....

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Swishy little fishy (but don’t look into his eyes) …, 6 Mar. 2013
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    Tom’s always known that his big brother Mark is evil, but when Mark gets a chemistry set for his birthday, he decides that he wants to be an evil scientist. For Mark’s first experiment, he creates a disgusting toxic mix and dunks a goldfish in it. Horrified by what his brother’s doing, Tom zaps the goldfish with a battery to save its life but now the goldfish – called Frankie – is a zombie goldfish with hypnotic powers and he wants revenge against Mark for what he did. Only Tom and his best friend Pradeep can save the day …

    Mo O’Hara’s debut book (the first in a trilogy) is a funny, fast-paced read that has strong themes of friendship and loyalty and which has wonderful illustrations that will appeal to anyone aged 7+.

    The book is actually split into two stories – the first an origin (or should that be `orifin’?) story explaining how Frankie came into being and the second a story about what happens when Tom brings Frankie to school.

    Central to the story is Tom and Pradeep’s friendship. I loved the rapport that the two boys have and their shared misery at each having older brothers who pick on them, which offers a rich comic seam that O’Hara mines perfectly and will be familiar to younger siblings everywhere. I also liked the way that each boy tries to stand up to their brothers in their own way.

    The star of the book though is Frankie the eponymous zombie goldfish. I wondered how O’Hara was going to pull him off because the obvious problems with having a fish anti-hero is that they need to be in water all the time. O’Hara deals with it ingeniously, her solution involving a plastic bag of water that I won’t spoil but which made me fall about laughing. His hatred of Mark is well depicted as his growing friendship with Tom.

    Mention should be made of the illustrations by Mareck Jagucki, which are absolutely pitch perfect – especially the little flip pictures in the bottom right hand corner, which I could have played with for hours.

    All in all I think this book is a lot of fun from start to finish and I heartily recommend it to anyone aged 7+.

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  2. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish, 20 July 2014
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    Jenny, Wondrous Reads (UK) –
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    My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is an unusual book for younger readers, but a fun one too. It’s about a fish called Frankie who, after an unfortunate incident with some nasty green gunge, is brought back to life with a battery and finds he’s now a zombie! What a bonkers concept!

    This book is split into two stories: A Frankly Shocking Tale and Rules the School. Each story is about eighty pages long and introduces fish Frankie, new owner Tom and his best friend Pradeep. Each story is fast-paced and funny, with Frankie quickly becoming the star of the show. He’s a mischievous, slightly evil zombie goldfish who always looks out for his friends. If you’re an enemy, well… watch out!

    My favourite of the two stories presented here is A Frankly Shocking Tale. It’s the origin tale of Frankie from normal household goldfish to swirly-eyed zombie, and just how it all happens is great to read. It involves Tom’s big brother (evil scientist), strange green slime and some pretty high voltage. From that day on, Frankie is never the same and Tom’s house is a danger zone. Yikes!

    If you like the Undead Pets series then My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is the next book for you. While it’s not one of my favourites for this age range, it kept me entertained and made me want to read more books in the series, starting with My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The Sea-quel (ha!). Author Mo O’Hara has the knack when it comes to writing for children and I look forward to delving into more of her writing.

    3.5/5

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    brilliant book, 27 Feb. 2013
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    luisad

    my 9 yr old son absolutely loved this book.. the characters are great and the story is highly entertaining.. cannot wait for the SEA – QEL
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