-Is The Pout-Pout Fish Actually Unhappy About Christmas?-
In The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish we find most of the ocean fish in a festive mood: hanging tinsel, bows, and lights in a holiday motif. However, as expected Mr. Fish is pouting. Time is running out and he hasn’t located the perfect gifts for his friends. He thinks a gift should be big, bright, perfect, delight and meaningful. But the first store is overwhelming so he decides to try the next shop, but they’ve just sold out of the season’s hottest item. As he reaches the last store he sees a sign saying they are closed. Now he is in a full-blown pout! Can anything be done in such a short time?
Cons: The repetitive phrases were a little too repetitive for me. And it bothered me that Pout-Pout Fish didn’t solve the problem on his own.
Pros: The illustrations are bright and fun. And the message is one we all can take a lesson from. A very good story for Christmas.
Author: Deborah Diesen
Illustrator: Dan Hanna
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017
- Word Count: Approx 540
- Ages: 2 – 6 years
- Grades: Preschool – 1
- Pages: 32
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