Kid’s Book Review: My Pet Goldfish

Kid’s Book Review: My Pet Goldfish

About the Book and Author / Illustrator

My Pet Goldfish is a delightful story about a child’s first pet goldfish with stunning illustrations by Catherine Rayner.

The child narrating this story has been given their first ever pet: a tiny fish with shimmering scales and bright beady eyes… Their very own goldfish! Sitting alongside the gentle narrative and dynamic illustrations, the subtext introduces facts about goldfish and their care – some gentle, some funny, some fascinating – making this a perfect choice for first-time fish owners just like Storm, our young reviewer by coincidence.

As you can see form some slides below the artwork in this book has aqueous quality to it which matches the topic well. Although the goldfish is called Richard the child is non-gender specific. This title is published by Walker Books and is likely to inspire young readers to visit their local pet shop!



My Pet Goldfish Cover
Catherine Rayner illustrator

Multi-award-winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner has written over 20 books for children and illustrated many more for other well-known authors including Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo. Her books have been adapted for musicals, television and theatre.

Originally from Yorkshire, Catherine studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with her husband, two young sons, and a small menagerie of animals, including the latest addition – a sausage dog called Otto.

Her second book, Harris Finds His Feet, won the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, and Catherine has now been shortlisted five times for this prestigious award.

Catherine also exhibits her artwork worldwide, has her own illustrated card range, and often works on other exciting and unusual collaborations. She loves meeting little readers and can regularly be found visiting libraries, schools and book festivals to talk about children’s literature, and to encourage and inspire children to draw, read and write. To find out more visit her website.

Book Review

I was so excited to read this book we read it though twice straight after school!

Storm like the story of the little girl getting her first pet goldfish as she recently got one too.

She said Richard is just like my fish I need to name mine Richard too now or maybe Rosie.
Storm enjoyed that there was little facts about fish throughout the story but they did not interfere with the story.
Storm liked there was a happy ending when Richard went to live in Sandys pond next door.
Storm was amazed that fish can see more colours then humans and that they can remember things for about 5 months.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Storm
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: mermaids, fairies and space
  • Dislikes: mushrooms and wasps
  • Favourite Book: The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Song: Mother Knows Best (Tangled)
  • Favourite Film: We Can Be Heros