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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2009
I don't believe for a second that the vocabulary level is really the point of this book. It has rhythm, alliteration, and emotion. If you read like Ben Stein, it might not be that great.
But if you are excited to read it with your kids, it brings the story to life. Don't worry about a few big words. Kids don't know all of the meanings to every word, but they can understand the story through context, just like we do.
Pout Pout is wonderful. I have it for my son who has loved it since he was 6 months when I found it. I gave it as a shower gift. My friend's new born loves the rhythm and feels soothed by hearing this book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
My son asked to buy this at his school book fair. He is in the 2nd grade and is into chapter books now but really wanted this book. Upon arriving home he immediately began reading it to his little sister, a 1st grader, and the family friends that happened to be visiting. He was so animated while he was reading that it took us grown-ups back to a time when we use to sit in our grade school classrooms and have the teachers read to us! The rhythm of the passages made it easy for him to read as well. And the ending... wonderful to say the least! I wanted him to read it again as soon as he was done.

I have recommended this to all my friends with young children. The illustrations are beautiful and I find my two children with the book just looking at the pages just to see what they missed the last time they looked at it.

Yes, it has a wonderful message as well. The power of positive choices and influences and my kids understood this too. We have children's books all over our house and this one is now residing in our 'favorites' section along with Dr Seuss and a few others.

We have decided to video tape my son reading it since we enjoy the book and how he reads it. We will be sending the video with the book to some young friends for Christmas (and I will get my copy as well!)
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2008
As a positive psychologist I am very impressed with this book's important message. Often times people spend a life time grumpy or down in the dumps, unaware of who they really are or what their potential is. So imagine a world, where kids learn at two and three that they are in control of their nature and do have a choice as to how to respond! Our world would be so much better off. And that is the way I see this book. The fish has this great realization that the very parts of him that he felt made him dreay and weary, were really the parts that turn him into a kissing fish who could spread cheer everywhere! I hope moms and dads use the insight level of this book to encourage discussion and remind their kids that they can turn any of their traits into good and positive uses! This book is a must for young kids and their parents and should leave all kissing!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
My son Finn who is 4 loves this book. You can be quite animated while reading it and the rhymes are really fun. I would buy this book for children ages 2-5
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2014
I purchased this book not for a toddler or small child but to read to my 18-24 year college athletes during therapy when they are misbehaving and acting with the maturity of disobedient children. The book has been a smashing success during therapy and has quickly become a fan favorite among my students and student athletes. I strongly recommend and encourage that all health care professionals purchase this book to inject an element of fun and silliness into an otherwise mundane and stressful environment.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2008
The Pout-Pout Fish really impressed me with its humor, creative illustrations, and positive message. It is fun to read over and over to your little ones. BRAVO!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2011
The Pout-Pout Fish is definitely one of my favorite childrens books!! The illustrations are remarkable and the rhyming text maintains children's attention!! I am a mommy of two and an elementary school counselor - I love reading this book to my children at bedtime and I plan to implement this book into some of my guidance lessons. I also love the message in the book - it's amazing what a little love and a kiss can do!!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2008
Not only does this book have a touching and entertaining story, but the illustrations are amazing! You will have so much fun with Mr. Hanna's imaginative creatures that you'll be lost in the pages for hours. A must buy for people of all ages!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
I simply love this book!! I really do!True, it has some words that kids may not understand, but I'm sure my 3 year old does not understand every word that I speak or in videos that he watches but he gets the gist of them all just fine. And to capture his interest there are beautiful illustrations and to super active-small attention span kiddo, thats more important. He learns more by looking at the pictures than by appreciating the words.

However thats not to take away anything from the beautifully worded text in the book!! It holds a deep message, that of to be happy and spread cheer, life goes on like it always does. Look for the deeper meaning or take it simplified like a child would with nothing lost, its beautiful. Full credit to the author for cleverly weaving in an important message in this feel good book that is usually lost in the hustle bustle of everyday life. And what better way is there to be reminded of that than while sharing a good book with your child!!

The book begins with the pout pout fish sulking around while he visited by many friends(with a little tidbit about every one of them) with good words of advice to cheer him up. But he has an answer for all of them, always tells them he cant cheer up, its beyond his control (jaded just like most of us :P )Along comes a silvery fish with no words but just a kiss of infectious happiness, and he is all cheery again . Equate it to a quiet hug we need sometimes. Pout pout fish is a cheery cheery fish now and he goes along smooching every creature that comes his way.Another lesson: pay it forward.

Love this book!!Some of the text that I really liked:

Along comes an octopus
with eight great arms
covered on the underside
with tiny sucker charms.

"Hey Mr Fish,
Let me tell it to you straight.
Your hulky-bulky sulking
Is an unattractive trait!"

Says the fish to his friend
"Mr Eight, my chum
with a mouth like mine
I am destined to be glum

"I'm a pout pout fish
with a pout pout face,
So I spread the dreary-wearies
All over the place."

I highly recommend this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
My little 15 month old daughter loves this book and my husband and I really like reading it to her. The illustrations are colorful, engaiging and interesting, full of little details that capture the childs interest. The story has a nice rhythm, suspense and emotion and has ample opportunity for voice variations which my daughter loves. We have been reading this book everyday to her for a month now and she loves it everytime. Highly recommended!
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