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review 2019-09-05 02:16
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: Fins of Fury - Mo O'Hara,Marek Jagucki
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is such a fun series. Gross, humorous, weird, and highly entertaining. This series is perfect for reluctant readers and book lovers alike. 

This is the third book in the series, but there is enough explanation within the story so the books don't necessarily have to be read in order. It can be read as a standalone (but I happened to love the first two books so I recommend reading them as well). 

The book consists of two zombie fish stories, "Frankie Goes Wild", which is full of spooky camping with a few surprise guests, and "Revenge of the Paranormal Pets", a mystery about missing nearly-super pets. Both are very funny and entertaining. 

I really can't get enough of this series. It is the perfect combination of strange, creative, and fun. I'm already looking forward to the next book. 
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review 2019-09-01 00:41
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish #2) - Mo O'Hara

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Yes! Another fantastic book in the Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series. This is such a fun series to read. Perfect for reluctant readers. 

The writing is funny, simple, gross, and highly entertaining. The book itself is broken down into two stories, "The Mystery of the Zombie Vacation" and "To Be a Zombie or Not to Be a Zombie... That is the Question". Both were great reads. The book also includes fun illustrations, which make reading even more enjoyable. 

While I did read the first book, I think this book could be read without any knowledge of the first book. There is enough explanation and references in this book that the reader can still easily follow the plot without prior knowledge of the characters and story. 

As with the first, only real downside is the Evil Scientist brother's use of the world "morons". Definitely an understandable and relatable use of the word, but not necessarily something you want a kid to start using. 

Fantastic read. Excited to start the third book.

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review 2019-08-03 15:33
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish - Mo O'Hara
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Every time I see this book, I think about reading it because I'm drawn in by the zombie story, unique take, and bright cover. I finally picked it up from the library last week. I've been hesitant to read it, because while I enjoy silly, goofy, gross-out humor like The Adventures of Captain Underpants, I'm also pretty picky when it comes to animal stories. I'm one of those people who rarely reads dog books because I know something bad is going to happen to the dog.

However, when I finally read this, I found I actually really enjoyed it. The writing is fun and cartoonish. While Tom's brother definitely has some violent plans for Frankie, that fish can take care of himself. Mark's plots feel reminiscent of Loony Tune-esque schemes that you know will not quite work out. 

This book is broken into two stories, "A Frankly Shocking Tale" and "Rules the School!". Both of the stories are action-packed and easy to get into. This was definitely one of those books that I did not want to put down. It is weird and hilarious and creative and great. I am already looking forward to reading the next book. 

There are also tons of humorous illustrations throughout the stories. I especially liked the ones representing weird idioms and turns of phrase like "dead meat" and "on the double". They made the stories even more engaging and fun. 

The one drawback to the book is the sibling rivalry. While funny and what I can only assume is relatable (only-child over here), the older brothers' tendency to call their siblings "morons" is less than ideal. But it does fit with the story and definitely seems like something mostly/completely evil brothers would do. In that aspect, I get it, but I can see why some parents would have reservations about that detail. 

On the whole, this was a fantastic read that is funny, engaging, and just weird enough to be thoroughly entertaining. A great book for reluctant readers and book worms alike. Can't wait to read the next book for more stories of zombie fish strangeness and high jinks.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-04-01 14:55
Had Shades of Pratchett and Douglas Adams Humor!
Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish - Andrew Buckley


This one was part of the Death Personified shelf-full of novels that I downloaded once upon a time. And I am so glad I did. It had flavors of Pratchett and Douglas Adams that made me laugh out loud. The goldfish had a surprisingly big part to play in the grand scheme of things. And the poor Devil was so put upon by God and Death both. 

Like all novels involving the Devil, this one too started when he hatched a plot to take over the world. Pity that things didn’t go as well as he’d thought they would.


A funny


18693066Another single novel by the author. Yum!


25014122A series with a hirsute teenager that I can read? Count me in!
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review 2018-01-27 01:49
He's always watching
The Goldfish Boy - Lisa Thompson

If you read The Trouble with Goats and Sheep (or at the very least my review of it) then you won't be surprised to learn that I thoroughly enjoyed The Goldfish Boy by Colleen Oakley. The bare bones of this book is remarkably similar in that it's centered on a cul-de-sac in England where there are secrets behind every door and there's a mystery involving the disappearance of a small child. Yes, they're remarkably similar except...the main character is a young boy named Matthew who suffers from a debilitating case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD which has resulted in him being unable/unwilling to leave his house. He is hyper-observant of everyone's movements and takes detailed notes which is how we get to know all of his neighbors. The majority of the novel takes place in his bedroom where the reader is trapped right along with him. Besides the discussion of OCD, Oakley tackles the internalized shame and fear of living with a mental illness. This is written in the style of Rear Window where the reader is seeing through the eyes of someone who is on the outside but also very much on the inside. (I'm deliberately being vague because to be anything else would give away the mystery.) This book made me wonder how common OCD might be in children and how this could be misdiagnosed as agoraphobia or vice versa. (Wait til you see how Matthew's parents view his behavior.) I felt that the author was extremely sensitive in her handling of this debilitating illness and wrote about it with just enough detail for us to feel as if we were getting a glimpse inside of Matthew without beating us over the head with it. Of note: I didn't much care for any of the adults in this book. Far and away, they were all pretty much useless cretins. The book though was riveting and I immediately passed it on to my co-worker who then passed it on to her teenage daughter. That marks it a winner in my books. 10/10


What's Up Next: Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley


What I'm Currently Reading: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers and Quackery

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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