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The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) Hardcover – August 17, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374307989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374307981
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.

A Look Inside The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark
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Fast as a sailfish, strong as a shark A whirl of wriggly worms
Mr. Fish felt despair! Mr. Fish grew grimmer

From 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
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

More About the Author

"The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School" is now available! It's Mr. Fish's third full-length adventure. The other two are "The Pout-Pout Fish" and "The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark." All of the Pout-Pout Fish stories are illustrated by the fabulous Dan Hanna.

For babies and toddlers who are not quite ready for a full-length story, Mr. Fish has a mini-adventure board book called "Smile, Pout-Pout Fish." Just twelve pages long with one line of text per page, it's a simple tale about feelings. Next in the mini-adventure series will be "Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish," in January 2015.

I'm also the author of "The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade" (illustrated by Tracy Dockray) and of "Picture Day Perfection" (illustrated by Dan Santat).

For more information about my books, stop by my web site at www.deborahdiesen.com

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Customer Reviews

Such a cute story and very well illustrated.
Lori Stahl
We originally borrowed this book from the library and renewed so much I had to buy.
Alicia
My granddaughter loved "The Pout Pout Fish," and she loves the follow-up.
Denise

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Never have I waited for the release of a picture book with such eager anticipation! Over the past year or so I have watched hundreds of children become charmed by the story of the Pout Pout Fish , so I opened this one up with bated breath and loads of expectations. The great news is that this one more than lives up to its predecessor!

The illustrations are colorful, whimsical and drawn with so much humorous detail that kids will enjoy repeatedly exploring them. The rhymes are never forced and the author has mastered that storyteller's rhythm that makes for a great read aloud. This stands out as a lighthearted approach to a very real fear that most children have - fear of the dark. It's not scary, and the repeated message that our Pout Pout is indeed too fast and brave and smart to really be scared of the dark is a good one. This one is very fun to read and I am very excited over the prospect of reading it to my regular story time crowds. It's a bit longer than the original Pout Pout but still well within the range for a good preschool read aloud. The message that friends help each other is always a winner, and the repeating (very clever) refrain as Pout Pout Fish convinces himself that he is brave enough to help his friend both mark this one as an excellent choice for story time. Congratulations to the author for delivering another great read and making all of us library story readers sound so good!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CarmelV on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was a little disappointed after reading this book for the first time. It is not as good as the first one. The flow of the story and the ease of the rhyme are missing. As another reviewer commented, the rhyming does seem forced and clumsy in certain parts of the book. The story itself is nice. It's about friendship, encouragement, and conquering your fears with the help of a friend. The illustrations are just as beautiful as the first book. The Pout-Pout Fish is a super fun read and easily one of my favorites, but The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark is just okay. I will say that my son loves this book just as much as the first, so I guess in the end, that is all that matters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"The Pout-Pout in the Big-Big Dark" is funny and sweet and a great Read-Aloud and I don't know why it hasn't received more press and more reviews here at Amazon and elsewhere.

A follow-up to The Pout-Pout Fish, in this book Pout-Pout leaps into action when Ms. Clam loose her pearl. Trying to calm the distraught mussel, Pout-y promises to bring it back, and thus he sets off follows the errant pearl down hill and into deeper waters.

Everything goes alright until it begins to get dark. Then Pout-Pout begins to have second thoughts. A voice in the dark though -- that cute lady fish from the first book-- helps him through the trying moments, as other aquatic buddies do before and after.

THE SKINNY:::
A nice message about friendship here, as well as one about how, with a little confidence, we can overcome our fears. I really like Pout-Pout Fish's mantra which includes strong positive points to offset his fear.

The books refrain is:

'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!'

Pam T~
mom/blogger
booksforkids-reviews
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sjcork on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I originally bought The Pout Pout Fish and the Big Big Dark to read to my two year old son. He loved it so much that when I came across a copy of The Pout Pout Fish, I bought it for him too. We read both books every night before bed. Although he's only two years old (27 months to be exact), he can say some of the passages with me. The rhymes in both books are clever and creative. They are fun to say out loud. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed and slightly quirky. My son and I have fun looking at all the different creatures portrayed. When I ask him what he wants to read he always says "Pout Pout Fish" or "Pout Pout Fish And Big Big Dark". I've read them to him so many times that I can nearly recite them by heart. But they're so creative and unique that I haven't gotten bored with them and still enjoy reading them to him. I highly recommend both these books. They are both worth five stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allison K on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My son picked this book out at a preschool book sale 3 months ago. He still loves this book and we read it almost daily. The repeating phrases of being fast as a sailfish, strong as a shark, smart as a dolphin but scared of the dark is a big hit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.P. on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In our opinion the story is not as cute as the first Pout-Pout book, but the illustrations are better. This is another fun read, so bring out the silly voices and enjoy looking at the under water world of Pout-Pout Fish and his friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Don't be fooled by the title or the age recommendation. This book is about keepng promises and what can be accomplished when we stick together and help each other. Yes, it's about a fish who is afraid of the dark, but that is just the vehicle used to reach the higher concepts. I love it! Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Zullo on August 20, 2011
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Fans of The Pout-Pout Fish will enjoy this sequeal where Pout-Pout has to muster up his courage to face perceived fears and learns about bravery, friendship and loyalty along the way. This beautiful book and its prequel are beautifully illustrated and one of the favorite bedtime books for me (Nana) and my young grandkids.
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