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The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

One day Nathan comes over with two goldfish named Sawney and Beaney. "I'll swap you them," says the little boy of the house. "What for?" asks Nathan. As it turns out, Nathan doesn't want anything that the boy and his little sister suggest for trading...not an old spaceship or even Clownie the clown.

Finally, the boy has an idea, the kind of idea that changes the whole world: he decides to swap his dad. After all, the boy brags, his dad is as big as 100 goldfish and he swims better than a goldfish.

Neil Gaiman's at his best in this hip, hilarious story for all ages about the perils of bartering family members.

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©2004 Neil Gaiman (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"[Gaiman is] more than up to the task of reading his work with great style....He performs as a consummate storyteller." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Gaiman never fails to entertain.

A perfect kids’ story. Enough repetition to get the (reader) (listener) eager to get to the end, and at the same time delighted by all the swaps and looking forward to all of them.

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What a whimsical story, table indeed.

Easy to listen to, understand, and follow. Wonderful short story containing great imagery. As always, Mr Gaiman brings imagination to the forefront. making silliness an "it could happen moment".

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I just <3 Neil Gaiman's stories!

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Neil Gaiman is a master at his craft! I wish he read not only his own books but everything else, too.

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Cute story for kids ... and kids at heart

I never tire of listening to Neil Gaiman read his books. He had me giggling through this book - a short story with a bit of twisted humor.

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absolute gem!

What did you love best about The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish?

everything, the whole package.

What did you like best about this story?

i love to listen to to neil reading. the timing pauses between the words make a lot of sense and really give the listener a lot of space to imagine this lovable scenario.

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

his voice, his pauses, very pleasant and calming and wise and humorous and witty.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

absolutely. it bleu me away with its simplicity and brilliant original story.

Any additional comments?

i am just crazy about it.