Monday, February 7, 2011

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen Illustrated by Dan Hanna


About the Book: A pouty fish won't share a smile, but another fish helps him see that pouting isn't his destiny.

Sarah Teenlibrarian Says: The Pout-Pout Fish won the Building Block Award this year which is why I picked it up. Overall the book was pretty meh for me. It's an OK story and I see the kid appeal and it can work great as a read aloud. But it's not one that I enjoyed as an adult. The sparkly fish that helps Mr. Fish change his mind comes out of nowhere. Maybe I would have liked it better if Mr. Fish had learned a lesson and that's what made him happy-like it feels good to laugh and he doesn't need to be so pouty or something like that, instead of a sparkly random girly fish making him change his mind.

1 comment:

  1. I first read this back when I was selecting titles for the early childhood center I worked for and my first reaction was similar. I thought it was way too long and pointless, but ya know, kids absolutely LOVE it. I don't know what it is, but just goes to show we don't always know what kids will like! I have to say, I like it a bit more after watching Chris at TLC perform it in a storytime, she had those kids rolling! (But truthfully, that was Chris and not so much the book!)