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“Younger kids will love the repetition of the verses in this tale of a pout-pout fish.” ―TIME magazine, from its Top 10 Childrens' Books of 2008 List

“Winning artwork...Hanna's cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Appealing...the cartoon illustrations of undersea life are bright and clean and the protagonist's exaggerated expressions are entertaining.” ―School Library Journal

“Diesen's clever rhymes are playful and fun and are sure to keep children's imaginations swimming from page to page.” ―Times Record News

About the Author

Deborah Diesen is the bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. She grew up in Midland, Michigan, and started writing poems at a young age. She has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, and now works for a small nonprofit organization, but her greatest joy comes from writing for children. She lives with her family 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374360960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374360962
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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