Memoirs of a Goldfish

Day One I swam around my bowl. Day Two I swam around my bowl. Twice. And so it goes in this tell-all tale from a goldfish. With his bowl to himself and his simple routine, Goldfish loves his life..until one day... When assorted intruders including a hyperactive bubbler, a grime-eating snail, a pair of amorous guppies, and a really crabby crab invade his personal space and bowl, Goldfish is put out, to say the least. He wants none of it, preferring his former peace and quiet and solitude. But time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life. And discover what he's been missing. Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He has written more than 10 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling A is for America: An American Alphabet and Brewster the Rooster. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit. Early in his career Tim Bowers worked for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children's books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. He also illustrated the widely popular First Dog. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585365074), PDF (9781585365791), Hosted ebook (9781627534550)
Copyright 2010, 2014
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Mom's Choice Gold Award: Children's Picture Book Distinctive Illustration Category, Winner
  • Mom's Choice Gold Award: Children's Picture Book Humor Category, Winner
  • 2014-2015 Tennesse Volunteer State Book Award Reading List - Primary Division Grades K-2, Winner, 2014
  • 2012-13 Florida Children's Books Award - Honor Book, Commended, 2013
  • Nevada Young Readers' Award--Picture Book Category, Winner, 2013
  • 2013 Nevada Young Readers' Award Winner - Picture Book Category, Winner, 2013
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award List, Short-listed, 2012
  • Illinois Monarch Book Award List (K-3), Short-listed, 2012
  • New York State Reading Assoc. Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List--Primary Category, Short-listed, 2012
  • Missouri Association of School Librarian's Show Me Readers Award List, Short-listed, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards List, Short-listed, 2012
  • California Young Reader Medal Nominee Children's Choice Award, Runner-up, 2012
  • NYSRA Charoltte Award--Primary Category, Winner, 2012
  • Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award List, Short-listed, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award--Kindergarten- Grade 3 Division, Winner, 2012
  • The USA "Best Books" Awards--Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction Category, Winner, 2011
  • Michigan Reads Program Selection, Short-listed, 2011
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award--Picture Book Category, Winner, 2011
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award List--Picture Book Category, Short-listed, 2011
  • Delaware Diamonds Book List--K-2 Category, Short-listed, 2011

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Author: Devin Scillian

Devin Scillian is an award-winning author, broadcast journalist, and musician. He presently anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit. He has traveled the world covering news stories from Sydney to Siberia. His school presentations have inspired countless children to think of themselves as not only readers, but writers as well.
In addition to Memoirs of a Goldfish, Memoirs of a Hamster, Memoirs of an Elf, and Memoirs of a Parrot, Devin is also the author of numerous books for Sleeping Bear Press including the national bestseller A is for America: An American Alphabet. Devin lives in Michigan with his family. Find out more about Devin at

Illustrator: Tim Bowers

Even at a young age, Tim Bowers's artwork reflected a strong sense of humor and an interest in animals. Prior to illustrating children's books, Tim worked as an artist for Hallmark Cards, where he helped launch the popular Shoebox Greetings card line. His first children's book, The Toy Circus, was published in 1986. He now has illustrated more than 25 children's books and garnered various awards including the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list and several Junior Library Guild selections. Tim's artwork has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition and the S.I. Humor Exhibition, as well as featured in children's magazines, used on a wide variety of products, and appeared on hundreds of greeting cards. Original paintings from several books are in private and institutional collections across the country. Tim lives with his family in Granville, Ohio, and travels to schools and libraries to share his work with students.

Narrator: Michael Gillick

Full-color illustrations