By Federico Gastaldi

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Atticus and Chip share memories in this tender and beautifully illustrated picture book about losing a pet. 

Atticus wakes at his usual time, ready to feed Chip. But when he reaches the fishbowl, Chip is gone. When Atticus asks his loved ones where Chip is, he gets a range of answers in the form of gentle but evasive ways of explaining the concept of death: Chip is in a better place; Chip has moved on. These ideas are confusing for Atticus. 

Told from a child’s point of view, this honest depiction highlights the importance of memory as a coping strategy when grieving the loss of a loved one. Memories live in our hearts and keep our loved ones with us. This gentle story is an imaginative meditation on healing from grief. 


  • Praise for Chip:

    * "Whimsical, appealing, and gently humorous…. A witty, comforting paean to a beloved lost fish…. Gastaldi is like a magician; both the text and illustrations retain a light touch as the child deals with his loss. . . Perfectly captures a child’s response to death with respect, sensitivity, and reassuring humor."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • "Gastaldi’s digital art in rich blues and oranges conveys the intensity of Atticus’s feelings. Eventually, happy memories of Chip soften the boy’s grief, and he is comforted, knowing 'he would always remember.' Gastaldi keeps both text and illustrations simple, avoiding distractions and allowing a child reader to focus on Atticus and his sense of loss. Recommended websites and books to use when talking with children about this difficult subject are appended."
    Horn Book
  • "One morning, Atticus wakes up to find that his pet goldfish, Chip, is not in his bowl…. A heartfelt book for children who have lost a pet."

On Sale
Oct 17, 2023
Page Count
40 pages

Federico Gastaldi

About the Author

Federico Gastaldi is an Italian creator who studied illustration at the European Design Institute in Turin. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among other publications. The personal loss of a dear friend inspired him to create Chip, his first book for children. Federico lives in Alessandria, Italy. He invites you to visit him online at

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