by Audrey Vernick
illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Alfred A. Knopf
Mom and dad won't let him have a fluffy, shaggy or feathery pet, but they promised the boy he could keep anything him wins at the goldfish booth. That's why the boy is so excited when he finally holed the ball. He won the goldfish! But actually, he didn't win the goldfish, he won Nuncio, the whale. Now the boy has the hard job of persuade his parents about the advantages of having a whale.
Funny story with lovely illustrations. Great for a reading aloud time, to make voices and exaggerate expressions.
You might want to read another story about how to handle a whale: The whale in my swimming pool