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Neil Gaiman – The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Gold Fish

Title: The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Gold Fish
Author: Neil Gaiman
Artist: Dave McKean
Year: 1997

Although published the other way around, I read this book after reading The Wolves in the Walls, also written by Neil Gaiman, and with artwork by Dave McKean. Since the two works are fairly similar (intended audience, appearance, style, language, etcetera), I will focus this short review on what makes them different and why I have decided to give only three and a half snails to The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Gold Fish.

Although containing most of what was made the next book good, this book lacks the feeling of wonder I normally associate with Gaiman. The story is still charming and I like many of the elements in it (otherwise I would not have given it three and a half snails), but it fails to engage my imagination. My recommendation is to read the The Wolves in the Walls first, and then, should you enjoy the medium and the story, do not hesitate to read this one as well. After all, neither of these publications requires much time, so enjoyment per time is still pretty high.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Min recension.

    Jag håller inte med dig. Jag tycker att den mer jordnära stilen (till skillnad från “the feeling of wonder”) passar riktigt bra, till och med bättre än i The Wolves in the Walls. Sen tycker jag att teckningsstilen mellan de tu är större och mycket häftigare i den här än i The Wolves in the Walls.