The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark

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by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna
     
 

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Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses her pearl, but though he’s fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he’s scared of the dark!

Very young children will swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. They will discover,

Overview

Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses her pearl, but though he’s fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he’s scared of the dark!

Very young children will swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. They will discover, as Mr. Fish does, the power of friendship to light the way through the big-big dark.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to The Pout-Pout Fish, Mr. Fish promises Ms. Clam that he will retrieve her lost pearl, but as he swims closer to the dark sea bottom, "his heart flit-fluttered." With Miss Shimmer's help, however, he may find the pearl--and his inner courage. With colorful seascapes and bright-eyed ocean characters, Hanna gives this spirited tale light doses of humor ("Rest stop!" reads a neon sign on an anglerfish's lure), as Diesen delivers a gentle moral: "The ocean is wide,/ And the ocean is deep,/ But friends help friends--/ That's a promise we keep." Ages 2-5. (Aug.)
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“The playful, rhyming verse is well matched with Hanna's funny cartoon illustrations.” —School Library Journal

“With colorful seascapes and bright-eyed ocean characters, Hanna gives this spirited tale light doses of humor (‘Rest stop!’ reads a neon sign on an anglerfish's lure), as Diesen delivers a gentle moral: ‘The ocean is wide,/ And the ocean is deep,/ But friends help friends--/ That's a promise we keep.’.” —Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining read-aloud and a nice lighthearted vehicle for dealing with fear.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mr. Fish, hero of The Pout-Pout Fish, promises to find the pearl Ms. Clam has lost during a drowsy yawn. Rhymed couplets describe his search, beginning at the bottom of the sea around Ms. Clam to where the water is deeper and the light dimmer. Here he admits, in a repeated refrain, that he's "...scared of the dark." He seeks further from the shore, down a slope, up to a trench. Then down into the scary dark trench he goes, almost ready to break his promise and return home when, encouraged and accompanied by Miss Shimmer, he finds the pearl. When they bring it back to a delighted Ms. Clam, "the whole gang" sings about how "...friends help friends." Hanna's sea world is full of amusing fishy creatures, some resembling those found in nature, but many others invented by the artist. All coexist in playful interaction, with light supplied by a fish that sports a lantern dangling from its head. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Mr. Fish goes on an undersea adventure to reclaim Ms. Clam's lost pearl. Repeating his mantra, "I'm FAST as a sailfish,/I'm STRONG as a shark,/I'm SMART as a dolphin," he nervously admits, "But I'm SCARED OF THE DARK!" As he ventures through deeper and darker waters, his resolution falters: "I know I made a promise,/But this fish is headin' back!" With the help of Miss Shimmer and Mr. Lantern, he not only conquers his fears, but also finds the missing pearl. The playful, rhyming verse is well matched with Hanna's funny cartoon illustrations. The whimsical sea creatures include a puffer fish reading Diesen's The Pout-Pout Fish (Farrar, 2008). A buoyant tale.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Mr. Fish heroically offers to find Ms. Clam's lost pearl, and as he ventures forth, gentle suspense ensues when he finds himself heading for deeper and darker waters. Young readers will enjoy the energetic and detailed cartoon-like illustrations of this friendly-yet-mysterious underwater world (the scenes deep in the ocean trench are particularly effective), while the rollicking, rhythmic text will have readers diving in with Mr. Fish as he repeatedly admits, "I'm FAST as a sailfish, I'm STRONG as a shark, I'm SMART as dolphin...But I'm scared of the dark." Fans of The Pout-Pout Fish (2008) will find just as much to love here, and any youngster who has been afraid of the dark will identify with Mr. Fish's struggle. Luckily, our hero has dedicated friends who help him deal with his anxiety, continue on his quest and keep his promise to Ms. Clam. The final notes of friendship and bravery will resonate with young readers. An entertaining read-aloud and a nice lighthearted vehicle for dealing with fear. (Picture book. 3-6)

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Pout-Pout Fish swims through deep ocean waters in search of Mrs. Clam’s pearl; but he realizes the water keeps getting deeper and darker and he shows his vulnerability as he reveals that he is afraid of the dark. Somehow, a calm voice keeps sounding and drawing him on until he feels that he is more scared than he’s ever been. Just in time, the fish with the calm voice joins him Together they are able to retrieve the pearl and all ends well. This excellent sized board book holds intrigue, scariness within a tale of how more fish are better than just one. It is easy to pick up on the idea that friends work well when they work on something together. The rhyming stanzas trip along nicely, with some stanzas using repetition “I’m FAST as a sailfish, I’m STRONG as a shark, I’m SMART as a dolphin, “But I’m SCARED OF THE DARK!” to drive home a point. Fantastically funny illustrations add to the text and deserve many looks. Little readers and listeners will enjoy the humor, story, and lesson put forth here. Add this to preschool classrooms or homes with young children for a sure success. This is just one book in the popular “Pout-Pout Fish” series. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 3 to 7.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374307981
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/17/2010
Series:
Pout-Pout Fish Adventure Series, #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
74,354
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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Meet the Author

DEBORAH DIESEN currently works for a nonprofit organization and has also worked as a 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 the Cartoon Network. He lives in Oxnard, California.

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Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our 2.5 year old LOVES this book! She can recite every line and the book has given us a great opportunity to talk about being afraid, pouting, persevering when things get hard and how friends help us when things are hard. Highly recommend this book!
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: When Ms. Clam loses her pearl Mr. Fish comes to the rescue. He offers to help her find it. He swooped through the water looking for the pearl but he had to venture into the deep sea if he was to find Ms. Clam¿s pearl. But his only weakness is that he is afraid of the dark. Will he be able to keep his promise to Ms Clam or will he be brave enough to swim into the deep to look for the pearl? But look who came along to help Mr. Fish conquer his fear of the dark, his friends Miss Shimmer and Mr. Lantern. A great story children would like to read that teaches them about friendship and conquering fears. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I send it to my three households of grandchildren and got immediate positive responses from all the parents.
MissSLP More than 1 year ago
Great book, kids love the illustrations! Kids love the ocean theme, very curious about what happens next?! Great story to talk about feeling words such as scared, disappointed, sad and just what is a pout? Also about friendships and working together to solve problems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our daughter recites every line....so catchy and super fun, easy reads. Highly recommend!
GrandmamaLori 6 months ago
My Granddaughter's love the Pout Pout Fish! Especially my little Kennedy. I bought the 1st one when they flew to California to visit their Grandpa and I so I could read it to them at bedtime. Since then I ordered the Pout Pout Fish Goes to School for Kennedy when she started kindergarten and just ordered her Pout Pout Fish is The Dark for her birthday!! She sure loves the pout pout fish and I read them to her whenever we are together!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago