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WIN! 2 Funny Pet Stories by Award Winning US Authors

WIN!! A wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Books book review and competition.  We have 2 great fun children’s books from award winning author Devin Scillian to give away.

If your kid ever asks: “Why is the goldfish doing that?”  Then this is the book you need to give them!  We review Memoirs of a Goldfish and Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian and Tim Bowers.

 

 

Swimming around in your bowl on your own, writing your memoirs, having plenty of space: This is the perfect life for our goldfish hero, until unwanted guests appear.   The goldfish records his thoughts in his memoirs, written for laughs in diary form by award winning author Devin Scillian.

The goldfish is pleasingly grumpy as first aquatic plants and toys appear in his bowl but the grumbling turns to howls of outrage as another fish, and a pregnant fish, and a crab arrives.  How will our goldfish get a moment’s peace, and will he like it when he does get a bowl to himself again?

The illustrations are bright and lively and the goldfish has wonderfully expressive eyes and looking not a little like a grumpy old man!

Building on this winning format, ‘Memoirs of a Hamster’ follow Seymour the hamster who’s living a simple but happy life in his cage.   When he is tempted out of his cage by a conniving cat (aren’t they all?)on a promise of riches (sunflower seeds) he finds that life isn’t quite so easy after all on the outside.

The kids thought these books were cute, and enjoyed the animals’ personalities.

Memoirs of a Goldfish and Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers are published by Sleeping Bear Press and are available from www.sleepingbearpress.com who kindly provided the review copies.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COPY

It’s easy to enter! To win a copy, tell us the name of your first pet, or the name you’d have given the pet you always wanted by leaving a comment and liking the Tidy Books Facebook page on our app below.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, earn extra entries by using the app by joining our Newsletter, following us on Pinterest, Tweeting about the giveaway and other extra entry options.  Good Luck!  

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165 thoughts on “WIN! 2 Funny Pet Stories by Award Winning US Authors

  1. Avatar Fiona matthews says:

    My first oet was a rat called rayden after the god of thunder in sinbad that we loved watching at the time

  2. Avatar Michelle porter says:

    Ruby the dog

  3. Avatar Fiona matthews says:

    My first oet was a rat called rayden after the god of thunder in sinbad that we loved watching at the time

  4. Avatar Tricia Cowell says:

    My first pet was called Hector who was a budgie

  5. Avatar Christina p says:

    Her name was poochie, my first dog.

  6. Avatar Samantha Cornford says:

    I had a cat called tiger.

  7. Mine was floppy’s and bunny rabbit .x

  8. Avatar Janice Taylor says:

    Would love the fish one as my son has tropical fish so his daughter would enjoy this lol.

  9. Avatar Mia Dentice Carey says:

    My 1st pet was a cat, I named him Nipper =)

  10. Niki the kitten – after Niki Lauda

  11. Avatar Mayla M says:

    We had a cat show up on our doorstep. We kept him and named him Lynx.

  12. Avatar Rachel Craig says:

    Tibby. (Cat)

  13. Avatar sam says:

    tiptoes the miechivious cat named after book

  14. Avatar Mel Daniels says:

    My first pet was a budgie called Joey…. but I quite fancy getting a hamster for my daughter (who will probably name it Peppa after a certain pig!)

  15. Avatar Mel Daniels says:

    My first pet was a budgie called Joey…. but I quite fancy getting a hamster for my daughter (who will probably name it Peppa after a certain pig!)

  16. Avatar Victoria N says:

    My first pet was a Wizard of Oz lookalike dog called Toto!

  17. Avatar Jodi says:

    My first pet was a box turtle (tortoise) who was, technically, named Gaheinadorfenflaggen. We called him Dorf for short.

  18. Avatar Kim Neville says:

    My first pet was a bunny called fluffy

  19. Avatar Carol L says:

    I don’t have FB but I have my fingers crossed. 🙂
    These books would be great for my grandsons who love to read anything about fish and little animals at this time. My very first pet was a mixed puppy I named King.
    Carol L

  20. Avatar Christine PInkney says:

    These books look excellent will enjoy reading them myself.

  21. Avatar Susan Sargent says:

    Maggie

  22. Avatar Emma Taylor says:

    My first pet were two pet gerbils called Pepsi and cola !

  23. Avatar Emma says:

    I had a hamster named Bacardi and a wonderful dog named Skip!
    Emma xx (@beachpebble)

  24. Avatar Emma Taylor says:

    My first pet were two pet gerbils called Pepsi and cola !

  25. Avatar angela hamilton says:

    Scamp. he was a lovely dog 🙂

  26. Avatar Sandra Lane says:

    My first pet was a rabbit called Dandy.

  27. Avatar Lynne McEvoy says:

    A guinea pig called Ginny

  28. Avatar laura jones says:

    penny

  29. Avatar Lydia Graham says:

    The first ones I remember were a family dog called Prince and my cat who was called Fluffy

  30. My first pet was called Tabby, obviously he was cat, rather vicious if I rememebr.

  31. Avatar susie whitmore says:

    I had a german shepherd called king

  32. Avatar Kristie says:

    The name of my first pet was "Sparky", a dog.

  33. Avatar Yaz Newman says:

    Mutley and she was a little westie dog. <3 Loved her. 🙂

  34. Avatar Maxine Francis says:

    Penny was my fisrt pet, a beautiful whit and brown Whippet xx

  35. Avatar Nicola Holland says:

    Ling, a siamese cat when I was a young girl

  36. Avatar Lynda Sanderson says:

    the goldfish was called goldfish ……………….. made very easy for my son

  37. Avatar Suzie Heard says:

    I used to have a lovely white rabbit with pink eyes which i called Snowy.

  38. Avatar Carolin says:

    Nina was my first cat, she was actually a he and lived a long 21 years, my parents had him before me and he lived until I was 16, lovely cat 🙂

  39. Avatar alona y says:

    My first pet was a cat named Leo – how I got him was a crazy story. I was around 10 and there was a guy in someones apartments chasing after this cat, saying he was going to kill him and whole bunch of crazy things. He was really scary! I went and found the cat and brought him home, and amazingly my dad let me keep him. The whole thing was so bizarre and he was a really sweet cat.

  40. Avatar David Greig says:

    My first pet was a dog called gyp!

  41. Avatar Vanessa Richard says:

    madoisa was my first dog such a pretty and sweet dog unless you were a lawn mower tire

  42. Avatar Sasha Smith says:

    Growing up we had a chesapeak Bay retriever named Ringo.

  43. Avatar Alyson Chapman says:

    My first pet was a rabbit called Fluffy – he’d scratch on the back door for peanuts. I was only four when we had to give him away as we were moving abroad. He was sweet.

  44. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    My first pet was a cat called Jip,I know I got the name from a book or the tv but I can’t remember exactly where.

  45. Avatar malki b says:

    goldy my goldfish!

  46. Avatar Ashley says:

    My first pet was Kassia, a tabby cat.

  47. Avatar Nicole Lancaster says:

    My first pet name was Tuffy. He was a pug.

  48. Avatar Kat Emerick says:

    I had a dog named Lady

  49. Avatar Jennie Silver says:

    I once had a dog called Deffer, he was gorgeous x

  50. Avatar samantha gray says:

    Henry – my first pet, a guinea pig!

  51. Avatar sandy says:

    These books would be wonderful to read just before nap time. I would love to have them as part of our library.

  52. Avatar Crystal Gregg says:

    I had a cat named Gandalf

  53. Avatar Heather B says:

    My first pet was a cat named Sierra

  54. Avatar Aura says:

    I had a bird name Bizerk, who lived up to it’s name every time a kid came near the cage

  55. Avatar Anne Perry says:

    my first pet was a dog named, Muffin.

  56. Avatar Carolyn K says:

    My first Pet was a Cocker Spaniel Named Buff and the first pet I named was probably my dog named Tara.

  57. Avatar zoe matthewman says:

    Our yorkshire terrier who is called sammie

  58. Avatar Amie says:

    My first pet was a goldfish called Duffy. I used to sit watching him for hours xxx

  59. Avatar cath says:

    I had tortoises called Noddy and Big Ears. Dont know why as tortoises dont have big ears. I was obviously an Enid Blyton fan!

  60. Avatar Spencer Broadley says:

    When I was young had a cat called Fluffy and a dog called popeye – the dog was a miniature sheltie and blue merle colour and had different coloured eyes. My mum left me and Popeye outside the shop, a man asked his name so I told him. When my mum came out the man asked has he really got a pot eye !!!!

  61. Avatar Alex Bradley says:

    A blue budgie called pickle

  62. Avatar Jean Vaughan says:

    My first pet was a dog called Cindy who I had to carry down the road, put on the grass, let her do whatever and then I’d carry her home. Once home she would race round and round, jump up and down but simply wouldn’t walk down the road.As a pekingnese she lived a wonderful life until at 18 years old the vet had to use a horses stethascope to hear her heart.And it broke mine when she died.

  63. Avatar sandra keith says:

    Trixie the dog, a Heinz special and the cleverest dog I have ever had.. still miss her 50 years on.

  64. Avatar Alexa Schoolar says:

    a cat called Jessie, we had her when i was 8.

  65. Avatar Patricia Whittaker says:

    My first pet was a cat called Jumbo because he was grey.

  66. Avatar Tracey says:

    Mine was called Bluey a blue budgie.

  67. Avatar marion king says:

    whiskey it was a ginger cat xx

  68. Avatar Kristen says:

    Herbie was my first pet I remember. I loved that dog!

  69. Avatar Kerri says:

    The first pet that was really mine was kitty I named Buster. I have a soft place in my heart for orange fuzzballs to this day.

  70. Avatar Melinda Stephens says:

    Socks was the name of my first cat.

  71. Avatar Suzy Burnley says:

    My first pet was Tiddles the cat!

  72. Avatar Sam Goldsworthy says:

    My forst pet was a hamster called Rosie

  73. Avatar Janice Dean says:

    My first pet was a scottie dog named Buffy!

  74. Avatar nicola james says:

    penny mouse

  75. Avatar Kathy Lane says:

    My first pet was a collie dog named Prince.

  76. Avatar Tiffany Schmidt says:

    Lady

  77. Avatar Lidya Y says:

    Goldie for my gold fish.

  78. Avatar Chris Callaghan says:

    Molly

  79. Avatar Chris Callaghan says:

    Molly

  80. Avatar Katie Walters says:

    Goldfish were called Minnie and Mickey

  81. Avatar Abigail says:

    I had a giant orange cat that I named Bill!

  82. Avatar Susan Alison says:

    my cat Blackie

  83. Avatar Angie Daly says:

    I had a beautiful dwarf bunny called Clover.

  84. Avatar Anna Helm says:

    My first pet was called Suzie, a lovely little black & white terrior with a black heart on her side, I loved her sooo much & she lived to the ripe old age of 20!!! so saw me through all my childhood x

  85. Avatar Caroline Jones says:

    Tessa – a labrador retriever when I was 10

  86. Avatar Peta Cutts says:

    Fluffy our cat

  87. Avatar Tracy Nixon says:

    My very first pet was called Snowy and he was a HUGE Northumberland rabbit who growled and thumped his feet because he was grumpy!

  88. Avatar Lucy Mayer says:

    First pet was Nibbles… followed by Nibbles II and Nibbles III….!

  89. Avatar Joy Bardell says:

    we had a dog called candy

  90. Avatar Hazel Whiteland says:

    My first pet as a child was a dog called Brambles, as an adult my first pets were cats Smudge and Shadow.

  91. Avatar Danka Bakic says:

    Honey

  92. Avatar Catherine says:

    A basset hound called poppy!

  93. Avatar Kerry Little says:

    My dogs are maggie and keera and sally the hamster

  94. Avatar Christa L. says:

    My first cat was named Boots. He was so precious!

  95. Avatar Paul Smith says:

    Betsy

  96. Avatar Alison says:

    Bella, a lovely sweet natured rescue dog

  97. Avatar Alexandra Byford-Scott says:

    Cindy – she was a beautiful black labrador

  98. Avatar Kirstie Firth says:

    My first pet was called ginger, a ginger and white cat who ate curry and drank beer 🙂

  99. Avatar Debra G says:

    Queenie, a dalmation

  100. Avatar Dan Price says:

    I had a dog called Jamie when I was a baby, He was a much loved family pet, so much so that my middle name is James (after the dog haha!)

  101. Avatar Jenny Q. says:

    Mittens

  102. Avatar mariella berry says:

    salty the bird

  103. Avatar laura meg miller says:

    a white cat called angel

  104. Avatar adele knight says:

    Oscar the Tortoise 🙂

  105. Avatar Tricia Morgan says:

    Rocky the dog

  106. Avatar Dawn says:

    I wanted a cat called whiskers. Not very original I realise now

  107. Avatar Dawn says:

    I wanted a cat called whiskers. Not very original I realise now

  108. Avatar Harley says:

    2 fish called happy and birthday, surprisingly for my birthday. One died but we didn’t know which so the survivor became bubbles!

  109. Avatar Kirsten Murphy says:

    My imaginary dog was called Fido but my first real pet was a goldfish called Nicky

  110. Avatar Hester McQueen says:

    A white Skye terrier called Kirsty.

  111. Avatar Audrey Griffis says:

    first cats mane was mitsy 🙂

  112. Avatar Val Gardiner says:

    Our first family pet was a white cat named Trigger (after Roy Rogers horse a children’s tv programme of the late 50’s)

  113. Avatar Theresa Cooke says:

    We had a Alsatian called Dave growing up.

  114. Avatar Colleen Maurina says:

    My first pet was a dog named Sadie – loved her!

  115. Avatar Jill Webb says:

    Merlin from the books and he was a staff

  116. Avatar Debbie Grinstead says:

    Cherry the Guinea Pig

  117. Avatar Brooke Ritchie says:

    Have just got our 1st pet for our new home, a cat called Jazz (music Jazz, not Jazz short for Jasmine like most people think) 🙂

  118. My first dog was called Spud – loved that dog so much, he was red like a fox.

  119. Avatar Shona Angus says:

    My first cat was a cat called ‘Trouble!’ 🙂

  120. Avatar Ruth Tesdale says:

    My first pets were pretend. They were my mothers fur gloves that I pretended were kittens.

  121. Avatar Glenn Marvell-James says:

    Snoopy…

    a cat!!!

  122. Avatar Helen C says:

    Snowy the white rabbit – so original!! 🙂

  123. Avatar lorraine polley says:

    my first pet was a heinz 57 special called sophie

  124. Avatar Zehra Tahtakilic says:

    My first pet was an Anatolian Shepherd called Nazli!

  125. Avatar Michelle C says:

    Poppy my dog <3

  126. Avatar Zehra Tahtakilic says:

    Nazli the Anatolian Shepherd dog.

  127. cleo the cat a lovely rescue cat
    unfortunately she died of a brain hemorrhage only a couple of months after we had a baby we had been trying for for almost 8years

  128. Avatar Natalie S says:

    A dog named Teddy!

  129. Avatar Natalie S says:

    We had a dog named Teddy

  130. Avatar jennifer wexler says:

    my first dog’s name was Brandi

  131. Avatar MichelleS says:

    My first dog was Tippy

  132. Avatar tina page says:

    out first guinea pig was named loki

  133. Avatar Joanna vernon says:

    my first pet was a ginger cat called oscar

  134. My first cat was called Tula

  135. Avatar Kate Davies says:

    Mine was a merle great dane called Chewi (swahili for spots of a leopard).

  136. Avatar Caroline Howard says:

    The first pet I remember having was a lovely black long haired cat named Sammy.

  137. Avatar gina says:

    pepper the goldfish

  138. Avatar kelly edwards says:

    My first pet was Harvey, a French giant rabbit.

  139. Avatar Kirsty Jenkins says:

    Every pet i had had to be called "Sammy" whether it was a boy or a girl until i was about 9 years old!!!

  140. Avatar sheri anderson says:

    My first pet with Tippy the cat and he was so awesome but was run over by a truck. Still miss him today!

  141. Avatar lisa chappell says:

    i had a guinea pig called bubba

  142. Avatar Shelley P says:

    My first pet was named Rusty and was an orange Syrian hamster.

  143. Avatar Vanda P says:

    Mitzie, the cat.
    Thanks

  144. Avatar sam ransom says:

    my first pet was a jack Russell dog called Snoopy ( named after the cartoon dog Snoopy) I got her when I was 4 years old and on holiday in Wales, she was a 6 week old pup that the land lady of a local pub gave to me as a present.

  145. Avatar cathy cockburn says:

    I had a budgie called Suzie

  146. Avatar maxine partridge says:

    i had a dog called lady and two cats called socks and tabby. weve now got too many animals to mention. poor kids. no one believes them at school when they have to list their pets 🙂

  147. Avatar Kat Emerick says:

    I had a Miniature Schnauzer named Schultz Zee.

  148. Avatar sarah punter says:

    our dog is called mollie, my neighbour called her mollie moo moo so now she is just called moo xx

  149. Avatar e.riley says:

    lovely stories and great prize

  150. Avatar Josie Coltman says:

    Goldie – the goldfish!

  151. Avatar Rebecca Morgan says:

    Pikachoo the hamster!

  152. Avatar Deanna says:

    Duke- he was old by the time I came around. He was a Pomeranian mix.

  153. Avatar Marti Smith says:

    My first pet ever was a Doggie named Brownie!

  154. Avatar Marti Smith says:

    My very first pet was a Doggie named Brownie!

  155. Avatar Deanna says:

    Duke was a Pomeranian mix and he was very old by the time I came around!

  156. Avatar Et Pruitt says:

    A sweet dog named Jessica.

  157. Avatar Et Pruitt says:

    A sweet little sheltie mix named Jessica

  158. Avatar Eleanor says:

    When I was very little, we had a white cat called Dylan

  159. Avatar Dannielle robinson says:

    My first pet was a black and white cat called Pepsi

  160. Avatar Wendi S says:

    The name of my first pet was Lady. She was a little cream color poodle. She was born 1 week after me and we lived together until she died when we were 16. She was so sweet.

  161. Avatar Lesley says:

    My first pet was a delightful Beagle with the name of Dick…this was unfortunate as I thought all dogs were called Dick and went around our village gleefully shouting out Dick every time a dog passed. My mother was mortified!!

  162. Avatar Deenie Riddle says:

    I had a pup called Timmy

  163. Avatar Natalie Crossan says:

    My first pet was a doggy who was fluffy called Bubbles – I adored that dog!

  164. Avatar Susan Nemeti says:

    Bobo dog

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