My Pet Goldfish

By Catherine Rayner

A charming new Nature Storybook all about looking after goldfish – inspired by the author's own pet fish.

My Pet Goldfish is a delightful picture book with facts by the Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator 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 owners. “Catherine Rayner has a marvellous gift for capturing the souls of animals in a few, rich washes of colour.” Daily Telegraph

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406385786
  • Published: 04 Nov 2021
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 270 x 245 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


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

' An enchanting personal narrative shares the story of a young child’s experience of getting their first ever pet, a goldfish named Richard, accompanied by sumptuous and lifelike illustrations in Catherine Rayner’s distinctively enrapturing style.' Books for Keeps

' This is a simple, sweet story where the artwork really stands out. Award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner has created gorgeously mesmerising and lifelike fish that shimmer in their watery world. Each spread is so beautifully detailed, littles ones, and grown-ups will linger on every page to soak everything up. Not just a visual delight, the book is full of fishy facts - some funny, some fascinating - making this a perfect choice for first-time owners.' BookTrust

'This is a book to be shared, relished, and revisited with children from 4-8 or 9 who will enjoy the heart-warming story of Richard as well as discovering a great deal about goldfish in general' The English Association, 4-11

'We love the inclusion of non-fiction subtext, introducing facts about goldfish and their care. Further tips for looking after them are provided at the back, making this a perfect book for young children with their very own goldfish pets. The illustrations are stunning, with vibrant oranges and golds of the goldfish against the greens and blues of their watery home."' littlelibraryowl

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