We have a Dad like the one in Neil Gaiman’s The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish. He sits and reads the newspaper and pays very little attention to things. We have yet to swap him for goldfish or anything else, but Daughter is trying to come up with a plan.
It’s another of the brilliant but simple plots that Neil is good at coming up with, or more accurately, that he’s good at recognising when he finds it. In this case it was his son who was annoyed with him and wanted a swap. Well, Mike, we’ll take your Dad and you can have something from us. Our Dad. Newspaper included.
The book is pretty much what it says on the box, except that once you’ve swapped Dad, you have to be prepared for further swaps, and getting him back can be tricky. It’s a nice simple story, made really interesting by Dave McKean’s illustrations. I was so intent on admiring the pictures I almost missed the story.
For such dizzy individuals the solution is to listen to the accompanying CD where Neil reads his story, and all you have to do is look at the pictures. Slight risk of falling asleep, as Neil’s reading is so soft and relaxed that you could drift off……………….