Amanda Durrant


Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Primary, Kelly Bennett, Noah Z. Jones, Pets, Fish, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


In this book, a little boy receives a pet fish for a birthday present. He isn't thrilled because he wanted a different kind of pet that can interact more with him through playing catch, chasing strings, or cuddling up with him at night--but not Norman the goldfish who just swims around in a fishbowl. The boy decides he is going to try to trade Norman for a different pet, but in the process finds out that the fish can make him laugh, is a good listener, and is always there for him. A relationship develops between the boy and his pet fish and when the boy gets the chance to take the goldfish back to the pet store, he decides he wouldn't trade Norman for any other pet in the whole world.