Neil Gaiman writes about the re-release of The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish:

There were copies of the new edition of THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH, with the Enhanced CD in it. It’s bigger than the original edition, has a new Dave McKean cover (mostly because people seemed convinced that the old cover had something to do with Counting Crows, and because the cover didn’t really reflect the art style inside) and I wrote a new afterword for it.

I mentioned this to Katie (a Counting Crows fan), and of course we both wondered about the comment. So I tracked down a copy of the original book cover:


One look at this, and Katie said, “That is the album cover!” She immediately ran into the next room to pull out This Desert Life:

Counting Crows This Desert Life

Sure enough, a quick look through the liner notes yielded, “Illustrations by Dave McKean. Cover illustration adapted from the book, ‘The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish,’ by…”

For those who are interested, here’s the new edition of the book:

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish - revised

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  1. yea! I thought the exact same thing as soon as I saw the original cover…
    Wonder how many album covers Dave McKean has done…
    Thats awesome thanx for the info.

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