Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a castle, a chest filled with treasure, and food that falls from the sky. But there's one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert's harrowing search for the perfect fishbowl companion - a search filled with loud barking, quiet buzzing, and one giant whiskered surprise! (goodreads summary)
Here is a charming and witty story about Gilbert, a goldfish who has just about everything a fish could ask for, except his very own pet. When a couple of animals randomly show up, his heart swells with joy at the thought of a pet only to find each one is not what he hoped it would be. Inside, the illustrations are bright and colorful with the text flowing nicely making it a great read-aloud. The end has a cute twist of suspense and an unexpected outcome. Best of all, Gilbert is just about the cutest fish with the happiest blue eyes ever. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-7.~
Title: Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet
Author: Kelly DiPucchio - Illustrated by Bob Shea
Genre: picture book
Pub. Date: June 2011, Dial Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 32 pgs.