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The not very merry pout-pout fish
The not very merry pout-pout fish
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[board book edition]
Publisher Info:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2017.
Physical Description:
1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 17 x 17 cm.
General Note:
On board pages.
Mr. Fish is having a hard time finding the right presents for his friends, until he learns that the best gifts come from the heart.
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E DIES Picture Book

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Turn little pouts into big smiles!In this unabridged board book edition, it's Christmas under the sea, and finding the perfect presents for your friends can be hard. Swim along with the Pout-Pout Fish as he discovers that the best gifts come straight from the heart.

Author Notes

Deborah Diesen is the author of the Pout-Pout Fish book series, illustrated by Dan Hanna. The series includes picture book stories and some very short MINI-adventure books. Works as a financial manager for a nonprofit along with being an author.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Mr. Fish has a yuletide pout, as time is running out to find the perfect gift for all his friends on his holiday shopping list. The fun repetitive rhyme "A gift should be big/And a gift should be bright/And a gift should be perfect/Guaranteed to bring delight..." is one readers can chime in on as Mr. Fish keeps searching for the right presents. Lucky for Mr. Fish, his friend Miss Shimmer assures him that the "best gifts come straight from the heart." With the help of Miss Shimmer, he is able to make each of his friends his very own gift. VERDICT This addition to the "Pout-Pout Fish" series will bring holiday delight.-Diane Olivo-Posner Los Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Holiday shopping can get anyone down, and "a certain gloomy fish" like Mr. Fish is especially vulnerable to retail fatigue. Mr. Fish has several gifts to buy and little time; racing from store to store, he either can't find the right gift or arrives too late to purchase what he wants. Diesen's earnest rhymes keep the story moving briskly, though a recurring refrain ("For a gift should be big,/ And a gift should be bright./ And a gift should be perfect-/ Guaranteed to bring delight") has the opposite effect. Hanna's illustrations are as expressive as in the previous books, and he doesn't miss a chance to sneak some humor into the pages, whether it's the homemade gifts Mr. Fish eventually assembles (such as a knit cap that octopus Mr. Eight wears like a tea cozy) or a closing appearance by Manta Claus himself. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.