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The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish
     

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna (Illustrator)
 

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"A gift should be big,
And a gift should be bright.
And a gift should be perfect-
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have meaning
Plus a bit of bling-zing,
So I'll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing!"

Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list

Overview

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"A gift should be big,
And a gift should be bright.
And a gift should be perfect-
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have meaning
Plus a bit of bling-zing,
So I'll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing!"

Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time?

Swim along with Mr. Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/14/2015
Holiday shopping can get anyone down, and “a certain gloomy fish” like Mr. Fish is especially vulnerable to retail fatigue. Mr. Fish has several gifts to buy and little time; racing from store to store, he either can’t find the right gift or arrives too late to purchase what he wants. Diesen’s earnest rhymes keep the story moving briskly, though a recurring refrain (“For a gift should be big,/ And a gift should be bright./ And a gift should be perfect—/ Guaranteed to bring delight”) has the opposite effect. Hanna’s illustrations are as expressive as in the previous books, and he doesn’t miss a chance to sneak some humor into the pages, whether it’s the homemade gifts Mr. Fish eventually assembles (such as a knit cap that octopus Mr. Eight wears like a tea cozy) or a closing appearance by Manta Claus himself. Ages 2–6. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“Mr. Fish has a yuletide pout, as time is running out to find the perfect gift for all his friends on his holiday shopping list. The fun repetitive rhyme “A gift should be big/And a gift should be bright/And a gift should be perfect/Guaranteed to bring delight...” is one readers can chime in on as Mr. Fish keeps searching for the right presents. This addition to the “Pout-Pout Fish” series will bring holiday delight.” —School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
Delightful scenes of a large, friendly assortment of sea creatures bring whimsy and great fun to a rhyming Christmas story featuring Pout-Pout Fish. Such a stew. What a terrible mess. Quite a selection on many shelves. Yet, with so little time, what on earth will Pout-Pout Fish do, particularly when his shopping list is filled with lofty ideas for perfectly big and bright gifts for his very special friends. This is a grand read-aloud for all ages, as baubles, glitter, and the Christmas rush are portrayed in a city-like ocean setting. Pout-Pout Fish is truly at a loss as stores close. Then, Miss Shimmer points out the true meaning of the season, that “...the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.” They get busy crafting homemade gifts, lovingly wrapped in time for the Christmas party. What big and bright gifts, all quite perfectly unique. “And they all brought delight!” Little ones, as well as adults, will cheer on Pout-Pout Fish, watching each friend open a gift with meaning and just a bit of bling. Youngsters enjoy real and imaginative creatures of the deep, with wonderfully warm expressions on their faces. An older audience can appreciate some word play as well, like “Manta Claus,” a manatee driving a small sleigh. Readers will celebrate Christmas together with joy, peace, and love, just like Pout-Pout Fish and his dear friends who share precious gifts from the heart. Part of the “Pout-Pout Fish Adventure” series. Reviewer: Susan Treadway; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
10/01/2015
PreS-Gr 1—Mr. Fish has a yuletide pout, as time is running out to find the perfect gift for all his friends on his holiday shopping list. The fun repetitive rhyme "A gift should be big/And a gift should be bright/And a gift should be perfect/Guaranteed to bring delight…" is one readers can chime in on as Mr. Fish keeps searching for the right presents. Lucky for Mr. Fish, his friend Miss Shimmer assures him that the "best gifts come straight from the heart." With the help of Miss Shimmer, he is able to make each of his friends his very own gift. VERDICT This addition to the "Pout-Pout Fish" series will bring holiday delight.—Diane Olivo-Posner Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-12
The perennially popular pout-pout fish is back with a new problem: how to find perfect gifts for all his friends. Mr. Fish wears a "yuletide pout" in this holiday season because of his extensive shopping expectations. He wants his gifts to have "bling-zing," to be big, bright, and perfect, "guaranteed to bring delight." He shops till he plops but leaves the mall empty-handed "in a bout of pout-doubt." His wise friend Miss Shimmer saves the day, with lots of craft supplies and advice about how to make his own presents "with his very own fins!" Mr. Fish finds that his simple, handmade gifts do meet his high expectations and that the camaraderie and goodwill shared with friends are the really meaningful gifts of the season. In addition to the wordplay, the text offers a calming, sensible approach to holiday gift giving with reinforcement of the value of handmade gifts. Hanna's detailed illustrations of Mr. Fish's watery world are filled with funny details, as when the sea creatures all hold one another's tentacles as they celebrate the holiday. A holiday highlight is the arrival of Manta Claus, pulled in his sleigh by sea horses, of course. Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday "dreary-wearies" with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374355494
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/08/2015
Series:
Pout-Pout Fish Adventure Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
19,803
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Deborah Diesen currently works for a small nonprofit organization and has also worked as a reference librarian and a bookseller. Her first book, The Pout-Pout Fish, also illustrated by Dan Hanna, was a New York Times bestseller and a TIME magazine Top 10 Book of the Year. She lives in Michigan with her family.

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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