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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374360952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374360955
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

In this companion to The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (2010), Mr. Fish recalls his first day of school. Since he doesn’t know where to go, he peers into several classrooms where students are writing, doing math, and drawing shapes. Pout-Pout becomes frustrated because he can’t do the work and vows to “forget it.” Finally, he meets his teacher (Miss Hewitt of the lovely green eyes and long, flowing blond tentacles), who kindly escorts him to her classroom for brand-new fish, where all kinder-guppies succeed. Fans of this series will appreciate Diesen’s rhythmic—and ultimately reassuring—text, and Hanna’s sunny illustrations contain many clever details (an octopus operates a “clam cam,” and the art wing sports a poster of “Leonardo da Pinchy,” an artistic crab). This should comfort school-phobic preschoolers and slightly older children who can remember their own anxieties. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Diesen and Hanna are reeling in a big one here. With 1.8 million Pout-Pout books already in print, this might just push it over the big 2. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kay Weisman

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"Diesen tackles a worry not often found in back-to-school books; young Mr. Fish will ease children's fears about what will be expected of them." - Kirkus Reviews
 
"Fans of this series will appreciate Diesen's rhythmic - and ultimately reassuring - text, and Hanna's sunny illustrations contain many clever details." - Booklist

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on June 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Poor little Pout-Pout is starting school. I say poor, because he is scared. He doesn't know as much as so many of those other fish at school. Will he be able to catch up?

This Pout-Pout has the same beautiful illustrations as the others. The rhyming text flows just as nicely. The ending lesson is sweet. I don't think kids will want to chant along with the repeating pages, as they are a bit depressing. Pout-Pout is pretty down on himself. It is a cute book and a good going-back-to-school one, but it won't be making an appearance in my story times. The last page though, that's pretty adorable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Bumble Girl on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pout-Pout Fish does it again, and now he's going to school!
A funny little rhyming game that Mr. Fish plays with himself that encourages your child to discuss why they are hesitant about starting school.

Mr. Fish is scared and worried he is not ready for school. He does not know where to go and finds himself in different classrooms trying different things, like writing and math, that he does not know how to do. This overwhelms him and he gets upset because he does not know how to do these things yet and he wants to leave school.
His teacher finds him and explains that when you're a new fishie, you're not suppose to know these things yet. You start in a classroom that will help you and one day you will learn how to write, do math, and much more. Don't be discouraged, just try and you'll succeed.

I have to admit, the beginning of the book felt a little discouraging. But, we must remember, Mr. Fish is a pouty fish that sees the negatives first and needs help seeing the positives to in order to turn his frowny face upside down! Like most little kids around the age 3-5, they want to do so much, but because they are so little, they get discouraged very easily and need all the guidance and support that they can get. Mr. Fish and his teacher are sure to give them a much needed boost in realizing that they're not alone and that they will get to where they want to.

Again, the illustrations are wonderfully done in a mystical underwater setting that is fun and relatable. Adorable as always! Looking forward to more books in the near future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Starks on September 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Pout Pout Fish and The Pout Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark are two of my favorite children's books, so I was really excited to see the author had released another book in the series. This one was rather disappointing. All the full-length Pout Pout books are pattern books, and they all repeat affirmations throughout the book until the end when the affirmation changes. The affirmations in this book just rubbed me wrong. "I'm not smart! I'll never get it! I don't belong! I should forget it!" I don't want to read that over and over again to my child, even if the affirmation at the end becomes positive.
I don't mind repeating "I'm a Pout Pout Fish with a Pout Pout face so I spread the dreary wearies all over the place." That's funny!
I don't mind, "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!" It's okay to admit you are scared! But I don't ever want my child to say she isn't smart, and she'll never get it. It's not funny, and it's not cute. I'll stick with the other two books.
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Format: Kindle Edition
‘The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School’ written by Deborah Diesen and full of beautiful artwork made by Dan Hanna is another book for children that deals with a day everybody remembers all their lives, and in a few weeks will be experienced by a new generation - the first day of school.

This book is part of ‘A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure’ series which introduced cute character of Mr. Fish who from one book to another with his adventures teaches and entertains children.

At the beginning of the story reader will find Mr. Fish wandering around the school, trying to find his classroom- When he will enter the room in which higher grades students are dealing with tasks too difficult for a new student, Mr. Fish will begin to feel lost and hopeless. But fortunately the right teacher will come and Mr. Fish together with all his classroom buddies will be filled with confidence and faith in them realizing that the school was not difficult, but fun place where you can also learn a lot.

‘The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School’ somehow instantly reminded me of ‘Chu's First Day of School’ I read few days ago, both being beautifully illustrated and nicely told stories with which children will be easy to identify. ; everyone remember how nervous was the first day in school and regardless of other people encouraging it seemed to us that the first day of school is something the hardest we will ever do.

The book is full of humor and positivity helping children to accept school not as a place where they will be asked something all the time, but a place where they can and will feel pleasant, socialize with colleagues and learn many useful things.
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By Erin Williams on July 12, 2014
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Great story, fun to read.
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Pout-pout fish is so fun to read and use in a library story time. For summertime library we read the book, had blue Jell-O with jelly fish in it and cool whip on to for the ocean waves. It is always an incredible way to each values.
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