illustrated by Robert Neubecker

published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

A young boy wins a humongous new pet at the carnival, and before long, they become fast friends. But his parents are skeptical. After all, Nuncio doesn’t even fit in the house! Will the gargantuan goldfish have to go? Or will the family find a way to give him the home he deserves? Fans of Sparky will flip for this whale of a tale from Audrey Vernick, author of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? and featuring illustrations from Wow! City! illustrator Robert Neubecker.

"A heartwarming picture book—and what happens on the very last page is downright beautiful." --School Library Journal

"Vernick and Neubecker play the situation for both laughs and touching 'aww' moments from start to finish, with the artist’s characteristically bold illustrations readily complementing the humor of Vernick’s writing. Sweet without turning saccharine, it’s proof that the best kinds of love can come from the most unexpected places."--Publishers Weekly

"Move over Clifford the Big Red Dog—here's a new take on the big-pet story.  The pictures go along with the story's absurd premise and augment the humor of the text by employing a flat, cartoon aesthetic and bright colors. A whale of a tale." --Kirkus

APRIL 12, 2016