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Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: SMILE, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen (C)

by Deborah Diesen
Illustrated by Dan Hanna
Release date: January 7th, 2014 
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)
Genre: Children (6mos+)
Format: Hardcover (Board/Picture Book)
Format read: Board book I purchased.


No need to be worried! No need to be sad! Toddlers will love swimming along with the Pout-Pout Fish as he turns little frowns into big smiles.
Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna's much loved Pout-Pout Fish comes flippering and swishing into the hearts and minds of very young children with this compact and comic new tale sure to delight.



Adorable, short, sweet and little baby hands friendly! Pout-Pout Fish is a new favorite in this house!

My older boys, 8 and 10 years old, found Pout-Pout Fish to be quite amusing. They enjoyed the simple story and amazing illustrations. And the trailer, is quite catchy. They have been singing it non-stop for their baby brother for weeks now.
My youngest is almost 8 months old - the board book is small enough for him to sit with and easily flip the pages. He stares and giggles, especially when we read the one line sentences on each page with a funny voice to fit Mr. Fish's mood.

What I love most about Deborah Diesen's books is that they're so easy for small children to follow along and remember. After a few reads they're sure to memorize the story and can follow along by pointing to the words, helping them to learn how to read at an earlier age.
We also love Dan Hanna's whimsical pictures that fit the story perfectly without too much detail or overwhelming colors.

Remember, no matter what, you can always make a pouty face smile - especially with Mr. Fish around!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen is the author of The Pout-Pout Fish, a rhyming children's picture book illustrated by Dan Hanna and published by Farrar Straus Giroux. Her book The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade was published by Tricycle Press. She lives in Michigan.

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1 comment:

  1. We love the Pout Pout Fish at our house! I am very excited to get the new book for my daughter. I'll have to remember this one as a baby gift now that we're past board books.


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