The Books

The Birthday Fish

by Dan Yaccarino

One Potato Review

Yaccarino’s books don’t always look like much, but they can surprise you sometimes with a lasting impression. Here it’s a credit to the notion that we end up cherishing a thing only by caring for it first. The girl in this story is ostensibly covetous and spoiled (and unrealistic: she wants a pony?), and the goldfish is the gift she deserves (laconic, a little cowardly, and not magical in any legendary way). Still, everybody gets their wishes in the end, without knowing, or slippery hugs.