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My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish (My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  783 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers . . . and he’s out for r ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Square Fish (first published February 1st 2013)
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Mari Anne
Feb 17, 2014 Mari Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
This MG novel gets points for creativity but lost points with me for the excessive sibling violence. The sheer brutality of it just turned me off. Some readers might point to the tongue in cheekiness of this book, and yes I, as an adult, get that. But, this is a book aimed at primary kids, where satire is sometimes lost in a sea of literalness (is that a word?). This isn't just a little pinching and poking among brothers, this is concussions and taping mouths, dropping glass bowls on their heads ...more
Madissen
May 31, 2016 Madissen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked because there was to different stories that had adventures with this zombie goldfish that had toxic waste spilt on him that made him die and then Tom had to use elctricity to bring him back to life.Once I was done with that on I read the other one it was weird because it was about Tom and his friend Pardeep both of their brothers started a virus to go on all computrers to make zombie gold fish.So thats why it was a intresting book to read so if you like zombie goldfish/zombies this book ...more
Kate
My first grader picked this out at our library's summer reading party. She said it was awesome, and I should give it five stars.
Mehsi
4.5 stars.

I saw this one in a book store here (an English book here, at a normal price? It's a miracle!) and I had to buy it as I heard a lot of good about this little book, and I saw it on Twitter a lot. I do love zombies, and I was curious to see what a zombie goldfish would be like. Never read a book about those. The only other zombie pet I read about was a hamster. :)

This book tells us how Frankie was created, I just felt so sorry for Frankie. Being an experiment for a big (trying to evil sc
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Gary Butler
Jun 25, 2016 Gary Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
28th book read in 2016.

Number 326 out of 522 on my all time book list.

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Traci
Aug 08, 2016 Traci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I was heading out on vacation, I wanted something cute, light, easy to read. And since we just got the 3rd? 4th? book in this series at work, it was back on my radar. Decided this would fit the bill nicely.

So, it's cute. It's not as good as some of the children's fiction I've read, but it's also the first book. It's almost like two books in one, as the book is divided into two sections, "A Frankly Shocking Tale" and "Rules the School". The first section introduces our main character, Tom,
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Michelle
Mar 23, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: zombie, juvenile
Really this can be read in a day but I had better things to read than this sad little book. SO won't be reading the rest of the series. I understand the novel is for elementary kids, and I have no problems checking out what kids are reading, but I really won't be recommending this to anyone.
First this book is really like 2 small books into one. That threw me off but I did enjoy the second part better.
Second, the word "moron" was overly used which made me feel like I was being verbally abused a
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~Austen Nerd~
I bought this book for my son for his birthday (10). I was extremely disappointed when he came to me after reading a little of this book. His problem he did not understand why the siblings kept fighting and calling each other names. So I read a little of the book. I was applaud at the overall treatment the siblings do to one another. The excessive name calling, like over use of the word "moron". This was suppose to be a book for ages 7-10 years of age? We don't name call in our home and my child ...more
Jess
Eh.

Evil older brother brings home a goldfish who gains the ability to hypnotize people after being stuck in slime and zapped with a battery. Picked on younger brother Tom and his friend Pradeep like the zombie goldfish, have adventures.

Kind of dumb. Both older brothers use the word moron every single time they talk to Tom and Pradeep--too many times--a poor choice that's bothersome and lazy. The book will have its crowd and that's OK.

There's a flip book in the bottom corner - cool, until you
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Val
Honestly I could not finish this one. I attempted to read it for a advisory program at our library. It's not horrible, it's just not for me (the adult).

Tom's big brother is mostly evil. He picks on his little brother without mercy. When he brings home a science project that involves an unfortunate bug eyed goldfish, he turns into a MAD SCIENTIST!!!!

When the experiment fails and the goldfish is belly up, Tom takes a chance and shocks him back to life. This creates a crazy bug eyed Fat Zombie Go
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Raymond Ruiz
Apr 21, 2016 Raymond Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Scott
Jun 19, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a very nice balance of humor and adventure. The characters are fun, no real depth or development, which for a transitional reader is just fine. I think it will do well with reluctant readers.
Gabriel
Fish

I had a litel bit of a hard time of onder standing this book but and the end it made send
Dinah Marchand
I listened to this book with my children. It seemed like every other sentence in this book started with, "stupid little moron" in addressing the younger brother. Sigh...I don't know why so many kid book authors think calling the younger sibling names is so acceptable. I repeatedly told my kids that I had better not hear them address each other as "stupid" or "moron". The repeated and repeated and repeated (you get my point) use of these words really took away from the story and no, we won't be c ...more
Josh
look into my eyes
Autumn
Aug 29, 2016 Autumn rated it really liked it
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K completed a reading log from Barnes and Noble and got to pick a free book. This is what he had picked. Now at first glance I saw nothing wrong with this book but as we started reading a few chapters a night I noticed that there was an over use of the word moron. Now most people would be like that is okay but for me I didn't like it.
If you believe this book to be about a zombie fish that eats brains this is not it. This fish eats moldy green items so if
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Chris
Silly, slightly-horror, slightly-science fiction fun, centered on sibling rivalries.

Tom and his best friend Pradeep are regularly bullied by their older brothers, who both happen to be evil geniuses--one in the realm of science and one in the realm of computers. The stakes are raised when Tom's brother plans to use his evil science to show the effects of pollution on a goldfish for his school science project. Tom tries to save the fish, and between the toxic goo, chases around the house, and an
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Alex Tiscareno
I give the book My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish 3 out of 5 stars. All the boys in my class would read this book, but I'm not sure if the girls would like it as much. Some parts of the book are funny, but there is a lot of fighting, pranks and bullying between two brothers. In the story, Tom's older brother Mark wins a goldfish at the fair. He has a science kit that he want to use to experiment on the fish, like an evil scientist. The fish, which Tom names Frankie, ends up dying and Tom and his friend ...more
Michele Cacano
Nov 25, 2015 Michele Cacano rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
KIDS CHAPTER BOOK

This is a fun read! Great first person main character voice, of Tom, who fights with his evil older brother over a goldfish. I think tap water is bad for fishies, though, so I hope no one actually follows the advice here because that and moldy bread will not be good for fishies in real life.

The frendship between Tom and Pradeep was a good model. Very believable. Pradeep's little sister, Sami, was also fun to get to know. Their older brother, Sanj, however, was a one-dimensional
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Scott Morrey
Dec 02, 2015 Scott Morrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: infm-208
Tom's big brother Mark is about average, he only torments Tom on days that end with a "Y". Then, one day, Tom's brother gets a chemistry set for a school project, and turns into an Evil Scientist. Mark manages to accidentally turn his subject goldfish into a zombie, and Tom is determined to save it from being flushed! With the help of Tom's best friend Pradeep (and Pradeep's Zombified little sister), they manage to save the poor zombie goldfish from certain flushing and earn its undying friendsh ...more
Christine H
Oct 09, 2015 Christine H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-lit
This book was great fun to read out loud to my class (once they stopped staring at fishy eyes on the cover). It's got funny characters, great dialogue, and a nice, sweet ending. The plot has wisps of heroes and villains, which was enjoyed by my students, especially the boys. I found that this was a good book to get my grades 6-8 non-readers reading because it wasn't too long, and the premise of a zombie goldfish was highly appealing to them. Most of them were excited that this was only the first ...more
Tara Strosnider
Sep 02, 2015 Tara Strosnider rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toms big brother decides to become an evil scientist his first experiment involves dunking frankie the goldfish into the toxic green gunk. Tom knows there is only 1 thing to do. He zaps the fish with a battery and bring him back to life. But something is weird about the new Frankie,

He is now a big fat zombie goldfish with hypnotic powers thats out for revendge!

Couldn't put it down,

Feel sorry for frankie

I thought the swishy little fish :) part was funny

love the fish hypnotizing

Illustrations ma
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Adele Broadbent
Two zany stories about two mates, their evil big brothers and a goldfish. Tom isn’t happy when his big brother Mark combines his new chemistry set with his school science experiment and a goldfish.

When Mark leaves the goldfish in a bowl full of green goop, Tom and his best friend Pradeep save it. But a little extra help was needed when the fish looked close to death. With a help of a battery placed against the fish, it was revived but it wasn’t quite the same.

Imagine a goldfish with special pow
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Tisha
Dec 28, 2015 Tisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies and goldfish - could it get any better?
Ruth
Feb 16, 2015 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A super book for 7+ kids - especially those with evil older brothers! Mo O'Hara has invented the perfect bodyguard buddy for Tom and Pradeep as they try to keep their horrid big brothers from taking over the school. Frankie the Zombie Goldfish is an escape artist, a superhero and the best fishy friend you could hope for. This book had me and my nine year old laughing out loud. The stories are a great length for this age group and the illustrations are hilarious too. We can't wait to read the 'Se ...more
Ms. Yingling
Tom’s brother Mark fancies himself an evil scientist, and when his class is studying the effects of pollution on marine life, he takes the contents of his Junior Scientist chemical set and poisons a gold fish. Tom and his friend Pradeep manage to get the goldfish, whom they name Frankie, out and revive him with batteries. Frankie exhibits some strange powers, like the ability to hypnotize Pradeep’s little sister Sami. Mark then tries to kill Frankie, who bounces out of a window, survives, and is ...more
Anika
Jun 01, 2013 Anika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tom's großer Bruder bekommt einen neuen Chemiebaukasten, den er gleich mal an einem Goldfisch ausprobieren will. Doch wer weiß, was bei diesem Experiment herauskommt?! Schnell steht für Tom fest: Er muss diesen Fisch retten! Schließlich muss er ihn sogar mit einer Batterie wieder ins Leben zurück holen - doch Frankie ist nun nicht mehr der Gleiche! Er entwickelt hypnotische Kräfte und will nur eins: Rache!

"Mein dicker fetter Zombie-Goldfisch" ist ein Buch für Kinder ab 8 Jahren und ich kann mir
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C Dussault
Aug 20, 2014 C Dussault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many funny things, definitely recommend for kids 8,9,10. When Tom's big brother Mark gets a scientist kit he decides to become an evil scientist, his first evil experiment is to dunk a gold fish into green gunky goo. Then Frankie the gold fish turns zombie. Now he can stare into peoples eyes and hypnotize them, but usually for good reasons. His next experiment involves Sanji and his little brother, whos best friends with Tom. They have walkie talkies and codes to talk in secret.
Elissa Schaeffer
Tom’s Mostly Evil big brother Mark turns into an evil scientist when he gets a science kit and experiments on a goldfish, killing it in green goo. Tom and his best friend Pradeep resurrect the goldfish with a battery, but with unexpected results: the goldfish turns into a zombie. Able to hypnotize with his eyes, the aptly named Frankie seeks revenge on Mark, while Mark wants to capture Frankie to continue his experiments, and Tom and Pradeep want to save Frankie from Mark.

The "evil sibling" bit
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Allison
Apr 14, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, sci-fi, realistic
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but what I got was definitely not what I thought I was going to get...
It sits in a strange spot on the line between realistic fiction and science fiction -- it's about kids who go to school and have siblings and friends and other usual stuff, but then the older brothers are like GENUINELY EVIL geniuses with world domination plans. Also, friendly and zombie are not really things I associate.
In conclusion, weird. But pretty good.
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“My best friend, Pradeep, who lives next door, says that ‘moron’ is a big-brother word for little brothers. His brother Sanj, who’s also mostly evil, calls him that too.” 0 likes
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