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

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  967 Ratings  ·  171 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 16, 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
Sep 27, 2015 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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Cade Cook
Feb 21, 2017 Cade Cook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"To call this book good just isnt right. its just so unrealistic. i get that the zombie goldfish is out for revenge but it just deosnt have a good story line. one weekness of this book is that how it gets to school, and why its at school just brings the book down as a whole. another weekness this book has is why the zombie goldfishis out for revenge. that is a huge reason why the book makes no sence. To be honest with you, i dont think that i will read the second book in this series. I dont thin ...more
Michelle
Mar 09, 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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Krista
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
Barefoot Danger
Jan 13, 2015 Barefoot Danger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Parents, do not subject your children to this travesty.
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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Krista Ivy
Yes, it's a child's book and I am grown. It made me laugh like crazy though.
The basic story is that a boy has an evil older brother who wants to become an evil scientist. He gets a chemistry set and a goldfish. this isn't your regular goldfish that you get at the fair though. it's fat and it winks. the smart goldfish is killed by the evil scientist who pours chemicals into his bowl. in comes the good younger brother and his best friend, the cub scout, who get a battery and zap the goldfish, Fra
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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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Kristen
Kooky and meant for younger readers, this is a quick read that is actually two books in one. In the first story, Tom's older brother intentionally poison's the water of a goldfish, and Tom and his best friend Pradeep bring it back to life by shocking it with a battery. Thus, Zombie Goldfish Frankie is born. In the second book, Frankie goes to school with Tom and chaos ensues.

I like that Frankie isn't really a BAD zombie goldfish (he seems to only have it out for bullies--in particular Tom's olde
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Jess
Sep 07, 2015 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, z_15
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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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
Raymond Ruiz
Apr 21, 2016 Raymond Ruiz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Freud
Jan 02, 2017 Freud rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Kieran Cobb
Oct 31, 2016 Kieran Cobb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a true story about how "Frankie" A goldfish that toms big brother brought home for a science project.
then One day he ended up in green muck that almost killed him until Tom and his friend Pradeep shocked Frankie back to life with a battery.
Josh
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Tisha
Jun 02, 2015 Tisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombies and goldfish - could it get any better?
Gabriel
Fish

I had a litel bit of a hard time of onder standing this book but and the end it made send
Janice
Aug 24, 2016 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must not be the target market for this book, which was a read aloud for my child. I did not care for the violence between siblings/friends nor the frequent use of the word "moron."
Jase
Jan 15, 2017 Jase rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Mark a mean brother then he turns to a evil scientist and then the main character drops the goldfish with a weird thing on it into the toilet and then it turns to a zombie goldfish then there is a adventure. In my thoughts I thought this book was good because to me it seemed funny and weird.
Camilla Chester
Jun 17, 2017 Camilla Chester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and witty and fun!
Jack
Jun 17, 2017 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The author made me on the the edge of my seat wanting to read more as one little goldfish causes many problems for one little family.
Robin Morse
May 06, 2017 Robin Morse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: withnick
4 stars.

My son loves these books. This was fun even for me to read. Super cute.
Ethan
Mar 23, 2017 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its nice
Mako Gibson
Feb 27, 2017 Mako Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I just finished reading this book to my younger brother and he loved it. He said 5/5 stars. Apparently.
Laura Hoyler
My 8 year old loved this book- we read it together. While it is certainly not my style, I fully appreciate that this book taps my reluctant reader son! He can't wait to read the next one!
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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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