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By Ross Collins — Author and illustrator (www.rosscollins.net)

A boy decides to exchange his boring, newspaper-reading dad for two goldfish. Seems like a fair swap… doesn’t it?

I have been a fan of Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman since I spent most evenings drawing comic books on the floor of my parents’ lounge. These guys made their names producing beautiful graphic novels for ‘adults’, before they tried their hand at a picture book for children. In The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish (Bloomsbury, ISBN 0747575185), McKean successfully translates his renowned dark style for the eyes of children, creating a world that is ordinary yet not quite the one we know. A world where parents can be swapped for goldfish without anyone batting an eye. A world full of rich texture, crackling flame-like warmth and deep painterly darkness. A world to tickle any child’s imagination.

The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish

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