The Pout-Pout Fish

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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

Deep in the water,

Mr. Fish swims about

With his fish face stuck

In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?

Will his pout ever end?

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Overview

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

Deep in the water,

Mr. Fish swims about

With his fish face stuck

In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?

Will his pout ever end?

Is there something he can learn

From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen's fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Younger kids will love the repetition of the verses in this tale of a pout-pout fish.” —TIME magazine, from its Top 10 Childrens’ Books of 2008 List

"Winning artwork...Hanna’s cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality" —Kirkus Reviews

"Appealing...the cartoon illustrations of undersea life are bright and clean and the protagonist's exaggerated expressions are entertaining." —School Library Journal

"Diesen's clever rhymes are playful and fun and are sure to keep children's imaginations swimming from page to page." —Times Record News

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- A rhythmic, rhyming text introduces a fish with a mouth that turns down at the corners and a correspondingly gloomy attitude. One by one, his ocean-dwelling friends try to cheer him up, but he resists their efforts with a pessimistic, yet snappy refrain: "I'm a pout-pout fish/With a pout-pout face,/So I spread the dreary-wearies/All over the place." Finally, a mysterious female fish approaches and silently plants a kiss "upon his pout." He is instantly struck by the epiphany that he is actually a "kiss-kiss fish/With a kiss-kiss face/For spreading cheery-cheeries/All over the place!" and demonstrates his newfound outlook by smooching his friends. Though the bouncy rhythm is appealing, many of the rhymes are forced, and the poetry doesn't always scan. On the positive side, the cartoon illustrations of undersea life are bright and clean and the protagonist's exaggerated expressions are entertaining. The layout is attractive, and the three-panel sequences showing the fish moping around during the refrain are especially well done.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, MD

Kirkus Reviews
The pout-pout fish, painted a suitable blue, is so named for his perpetual gloom: "I'm a pout-pout fish / With a pout-pout face, / So I spread the dreary-wearies / All over the place." When a jellyfish complains about his "daily scaly scowl," the glum fish agrees, but says his mood isn't up to him. A squid, dubbing the fish "a kaleidoscope of mope," receives the same defeatist answer, as do other sea creatures. Up to this point, the story is refreshing in that readers will no doubt recognize the pout-pout fish in their own lives, and in many cases, there's just no cheering these people up. But the plot takes a rather unpalatable turn when a shimmery girl fish kisses the gloomster right on his pouty mouth. With that kiss, he transforms into the "kiss-kiss fish" and swims around "spreading cheery-cheeries all over the place," meaning that he starts to smooch every creature in sight. (Don't try this at school, kids, you'll get suspended!) Still, there's plenty of charm here, both in the playful language ("hulky-bulky sulking!") and in the winning artwork-Hanna's cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374360962
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Series: Pout-Pout Fish Adventure Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 19,820
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.38 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Diesen currently works for a small nonprofit organization and has also worked as a reference librarian and a bookseller. She lives in Grand Ledge, Michigan.

Dan Hanna has over ten years’ experience in the animation industry, and his work has appeared on BBC America and the Cartoon Network. He lives in Oxnard, California.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Awesome Book!

    This is my granddaughter's favorite book! I have to admit it's also my favorite to read to her - the rhymes are charming & the story is very sweet. Although she has the hardback version - getting the Nook version has been a heaven-sent for me at bedtime when lights are out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    Pretty Good!

    All the kids love it in my school. Even the 5 th and 6 th graders enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    He¿s the Pout-Pout fish with an ¿ever-present pout. Living deep

    He’s the Pout-Pout fish with an “ever-present pout. Living deep in the water, where the fish hang out.” Yes, that is where he lives and in this rhyming book, a variety of ocean creatures arrive and try to brighten up this blue and purple fish but he greets them with a rhyming refrain about his pout-pout face spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. Oh, he does look sad and weary swimming around in the ocean as his cheerful and hopeful friends arrive eager to bring joy into his life and he remains so until a silent silver shimmer comes gliding up to Pout-Pout. Without saying a word, she is able to change Pout-Pout from a pouting fish into someone his ocean friends will be happy to see. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. Fun, rhyming book with bright illustrations.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Gift for a grandchild but it looks great

    I hope this turns into a really nice series so I can continue to get these for my grandchildren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    This book is one of the funniest children's books I've ever read

    This book is one of the funniest children's books I've ever read and it has a great message to boot. Absolutely adorable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    This is one of my favorite children's books! I bought this for m

    This is one of my favorite children's books! I bought this for my 14-month-old two months ago and have read it a million times since then (it feels like a million times, at least). My daughter and I are still not bored with it, even after reading it so many times. I love that the rhyming structure is actually consistent throughout the book, which is not the case with many other children's books. Also, it uses great words like "aghast" and "glum" and doesn't just stick to easy, "kid-friendly" words. The rhythm is great, the illustrations are great, and the story is great! I couldn't recommend it more highly!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    My 5 yr old giggled through the entire story and the colorful il

    My 5 yr old giggled through the entire story and the colorful illustrations bring it to life. I think this is a fantastic lesson for ALL ages. Having a positive attitude can change everything!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Great book!

    One of my daughter's favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Verry cute

    I am ten and i even love this book it is soooooo cute

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I use this book in my classroom of 16-24 month-old babies. Even

    I use this book in my classroom of 16-24 month-old babies. Even though most of them can't talk yet, they manage to ask for "pout, pout" by name!! They all LOVE this book....definitely one of their favorites!

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Highly Recommend - my 3 year old keeps quoting it with a big smile!

    I bought this book for my great nephew who is 3 yrs old. His Mom read it to him while we Skyped so I got to watch his face the first time he heard the book. He loved it! He quotes the line "I'm a pout, pout fish . . ." all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Love the Kisses

    My 2.5 year old loves this book and I love the kisses I get at the end. It's also great that he's able to point out the clam, squid and octopus...animals you don't see regularly in children's books. Also a great message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Pout pout fish

    This book is the best. You can even turn this book in a song. In the book Mr.Fish is sad tgen turns happy wirh just a simple kiss. Will this fish stay this way or go back sad read book two if u wanna know

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

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    Cute Story!

    My Review: The Pout-Pout Fish is a fun, rhyming picture book about a fish that swims the ocean with his face stuck in a permanent pout. Some of his friends like Ms Clam, Mr. Jelly and Mrs. Squid wanted to know why he has a cross-town frown, and an unattractive trait. But Mr. Fish told his friends that he was destined to be a glum. But someone came along to turn Mr. Fish pout-pout fish face into a ¿...! You will have to buy your copy to find out.

    This is a story that children of all ages would love to read. And if you have a child with a pout-pout face then this book will help turn it into a happy one. The illustrations are colorful and bright bringing each page alive. I highly recommend the book for your home libraries.


    FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from free spirit publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Delightfully funny

    Pictures are bright and fun, the story has a good message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    None

    It was awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

    About the book

    That was so funny.You should buy it.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Funny

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I am 7 1/2 and I really liked the pout pout fish and the beautiful illustrations. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Hahahah!!!!!

    I love it! Great to read to kids and funny when you're in 5th grade! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Soo cute

    My music teacher read it to us and we sang im a pout pout fish with a pout pout face so i spread the dreary wearies all over the place blub bluub buuuuuuuuuub!!! My music teacher rocks

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