Next on the unfortunate pile is My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish The Fintastic Fish-Sitter by Mo O’Hara and Marek Jagucki.
Zombie Goldfish comes from a successful series adored by children of all ages. This story focuses on Pradeep’s sister, Sami, babysitting a zombie goldfish called Frankie.
My first gripe is a spelling error early on. Sorry but it’s “Brussels”, not “Brussells”, only one “L” is required. Even my spell checker came up with an error flag just as I typed it in. If you’re wanting to publish, it does pay to proofread!
I was expecting the story to feature a zombie type scenario, but it fell a bit flat when it was brushed off in two words essentially. Overall I felt the book to be somewhat confusing, it’s meant to be about the babysitter, going off the title but felt like a Tom and Jerry story. Frankie did nothing to prove to the reader why he is the lead in the book and though Fang, the cute but evil vampire kitten, was featured, there was nothing remotely vampirish about him. I suspect the rest of the series will explain more. As a stand-alone book, it was OK, but if you’re going to read this make sure you have the rest of the series amongst your collection.
Like my previous post, this book was also published by Macmillan. It is purely coincidental that I found fault with two of their books on the same day. Then again I have hundreds of picture books at home, and that publishing house does tend to crop up a lot.