The Pout-pout Fish

The Pout-pout Fish

Book - 2008
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The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374360962
Branch Call Number: FICTION Die
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Hanna, Dan


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The Pout-Pout Fish, named for his perpetual gloom, spends his day spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. His various ocean friends try to cheer him up to no avail, until a mysterious lady fish arrives. Will she be able to turn that frown upside down?

Mr. Fish has a pout and is always grumpy, until a lovely fish comes along and teaches him that he's not a pout-pout fish after all.

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Aug 06, 2019

All was going well and was the makings of a good message on attitude until the random fish kissing the main character, then the main character kissing the other sea animals, and of course the ending the two fish locking lips. Inappropriate. As if the kissing was enough, the idea that some random fish should kiss a bad attitude fish and his attitude all of a sudden gets better is garbage storytelling. Furthermore, the main character kissing others without them asking for a kiss and without the main character asking to kiss them: absurdity in the finest form.

Jan 23, 2019

My 6 month old loves this book. Maybe because I read it “sing-songy”? It’s a cute book. And of course a quick read;)

Jan 21, 2019

Really enjoyed this book, because it shows that you're what you choose to be. If you choose to be miserable then you will be. If you choose to be happy you will be!

GCPL_EarlyLit Jun 28, 2017

An amazing read-aloud for preschoolers. They absolutely love it when you really hamer those 'bluuuuuubs.'

laurauk May 08, 2017

3+ Pout Pout fish goes on vacation and learns how to make himself feel happy when he misses home. A rhyming book with a repeating chorus. Wonderful artwork. New York Times bestseller!

Feb 26, 2017

My three year old couldn't sit through the first reading. He was distracted by other things happening in the house. However, he really enjoyed it the next time we read it and really liked the differences that we'd put on the characters in the book. He now likes to go around and say pout pout while making a pout face!

Feb 27, 2016

I am very nostalgic so anything that reminds me of my childhood and early puberty years will make me happy! I don't understand the books today kids have. I know it's a child's book and perhaps I'm being uptight and overly critical but this book is ridiculous. Why are we teaching children that are what? Under 5 about kissing? Do they really understand the message of the book? FYI the fish is sad because of the trash we are putting in the oceans hence the ''take a look around and you'll see why'' I have been a teacher for over 8 years, teaching from birth until the age of 12 and I promise you, this is one of the most ridiculous books that I've read to myself or to them. What happened to books that were actually fun and taught kids something like Shel Silverstein or Richard Scarry . My favourite kid's book has always been ''The Moon Lady'' by Amy Tan, that is a book I insist people check out. Kids today are so concerned and bombarded with technology like IPads and video games that they don't know what it's like to sit and hold a book and immerse themselves in the story. BECOME THE CHARACTER. FEEL THEIR EXPERIENCES. This book, they will not understand unless they are a bit older like 7 or 9 and by that time its just silly because it's not for their age range. However, my 2 year olds and 4 year olds love it. Maybe because of the pictures. IDK. But I think it's silly and overhyped.

Dec 21, 2015

Great way to explain what pouting is to a class of kindergarteners! They immediately understand and all I have to do is ask them, "Are you pouting?" And they smile and turn their attitude around! Reminds me of The Interrupting Chicken! Every teacher should read each of those every year!

Apr 12, 2015

Pout pout fish is a gloomy fish. Others in the sea try to encourage him not to be so gloomy, but the pout pout fish believes he can't be anything else. He even flops sadly all over the place. But his outlook on life changes when a kiss kiss fish comes to visit.

The illustrations are colorful and full of detail. The detail is more in the background so it does not distract the young reader, but gives additional interest to the older readers. The illustrations do an excellent job of showing facial expression and emotion.

What I love about this book is that it portrays a fish who believes he is naturally a gloomy fish when bad things happen to him in life. But actually, the bad things happen to him because he is gloomy. For example, he falls off the shelf edge into a jar of peanut butter because his gloominess drags him down. But in the end, when he feels the power of the kiss from the kiss kiss fish, his perspective changes and he decides to no longer live the life of a gloomy fish. I believe this story portrays that attitude and happiness is a choice. And of course none of the others telling him to be happy were getting through. It was the fish who took action that made a difference. I love the surprise ending.

The story is told in rhyme that works really well. There are some advanced words, but as always, this is a teaching opportunity and the vocabulary does not get in the way of the story. There is a little something for everyone in this story. This would be a lovely story to read to your gloomy child or pouting child and end it will kisses and tickles! Recommended for ages 3-6. I say you can bump that up to age 7. I highly recommend this story!

Sep 20, 2014

My favorite book to read. I love the rhyme and sing-song nature. My 4 year old son loves the repetition and wants to do the "Blubs" by himself. I don't want to return this book and may have to buy a copy!

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