My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
Pub 7-2013, Feiwel & Friends
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is Mo O’Hara’s first published novel. Mo O’Hara lived in Pennsylvania but now lives in London.
It is interesting that she chose a fish as the main focus. When she was young, she brought her goldfish back to life when it was on the brink of death. This may have inspired the story of My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish.
The book’s main character, Tom, is the little brother of his ‘mostly evil’ big brother, Mark. Tom’s best friend is Pradeep, who also has a big brother who is ‘mostly evil.’ His name is Sanj.
Mark’s grandparents give him a chemistry set for his birthday. Little do they know, a chemistry set will turn Mark more evil — into an evil scientist! Mark brings home a goldfish from school. His first evil experiment is to dunk the goldfish, Frankie, into some toxic chemicals. Frankie dies, and in order to save him, Tom electrocutes him. Because of the chemicals, though, Frankie now possesses a Zombie stare, with hypnotic powers! That is one cool fish!
Tom and Pradeep bring Frankie the Goldfish to school to keep him safe from the toxic chemicals. At school, Frankie hypnotizes kids with his zombie stare and they start to listen to Mark and Sanj’s evil orders. Frankie clearly isn’t a normal fish, as well, because he can stay out of the water for a long time.
Tom is a well-crafted narrator because he is on the good side, while his brother is mostly evil. While Mark is trying to take over the school, Tom is trying to stop this from happening. Tom’s perspective impacts the telling of the story because he makes the reader believe him, and not his brother Mark. Since Tom is good, and the narrator, hence in control of the story, you are motivated to be on the good side, too. He really pushes you to be on the good side.
In the beginning of the book, Mark and Sanj, the mostly evil big brothers, have power in the book because they are Evil. They call their little brothers Morons (according to Pradeep, a “big brother word”), and they try to use Frankie’s hypnotic powers to get the kids at school on their side, and take over the school. They remain really powerful until they find out that Frankie is against them.
The relationship between Tom and Mark is very important to the plot. Tom and Mark are brothers but they are really against each other. For example, Mark kills Frankie and Tom brings him back to life. Then Mark tries to take over the school while Tom tries to stop him. Tom and Mark have a strong sibling rivalry.
A lesson from this book would be: kindly don’t take over the school just because a big fat Zombie goldfish isn’t on your side! This book is a must-read for kids 7 - 10 who like hilarious books!
- Krish G., 8