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Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhy
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2008)
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The Pout-Pout Fish is a hauntingly realistic portrayal of one fish's journey through depression and self-loathing. Much like what happens in real life, his well- meaning friends try to help him by giving him sage advice like "Turn that frown upside down", but their words of wisdom go unheeded. Ultimately he realizes that only the love of a good woman can lift him out of his sadness. It brought tears to my eyes when he realized that he was a Smooch-Smooch Fish.

Ok. Maybe not. But my little girl di
Aug 04, 2008 Lanica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents of young kids, fish lovers, watercolor enthusiasts.
I have young twin boys who get a story every night, so we try to get a good selection from the library. This is one that has passed the twins test and will have to be purchased for our home library.

It's sing-songy and has a repeated refrain which the boys love, and the pictures are active enough that they are not always reaching to turn the page, they actually look at the pictures as we read.

It only gets four stars instead of five because the ending is a little weak.

The story is this: A Pout-Po
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I've never read this book. I plan to add a random children's book to my feed for every book I edit. Often they aren't published in a timely manner (or ever in a manner that leads to them being in Goodreads) and I always read them a minimum of 2 times while editing so I should be able to count them towards my goal. Really, I should add 2 but I'll go with 1 at this point.

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Brooklin Banks
"I'm a pout pout fish with a pout pout face spreading my dreary wereys all over the place"
I love little kid books i just do
This is a fun book to read using different voices for the various fish. This particular book became a favorite in my three-year-old classroom with them constantly asking me to read the "Pout-Pout Story" to them. They especially loved whenever it came time to read the catch-phrases "blub, bluuub, bluuuuub" and everyone said it together. The pictures are funny and use lots of colors making it a fun book to look at as well as read.

The teacher provides a "Pout-Pout hat" (a hat de
What a fun story about being happy and being able to be happy. A fun story for children of all ages - IT RHYMES! and what's not to love about reading out-loud in rhythm? Kids love it adults love it everyone will love this story. AND you will love the illustrations.

A hint about me - children's book must have good illustrations for me to really really like them.

Here are the first two stanza to entice you further;

Deep in the water
Where the fish hang out
Lives a glum gloomy swimmer
With an ever-pres
Al Gandy
A bouncing, dazzling insight into the importance of constructive decision making and the positive influence of those around us
Julia Stevens
SO cute and fun to read! I love adding voices and noises to this story. This story shows how love can brighten your day.
Perfect to teach children (and perhaps a few adults!) that they can CHOOSE to be happy. Perfect for reading aloud in a library storytime - with some repeated parts allowing for audience participation and also some wonderful vocabulary and fun rhyming words. The illustrations are also VERY fun, with a wide cast of underwater sea creatures. My favorite illustration shows the pout-pout fish just after being kissed looking directly out of the center of a two-page spread - and he's actually still ups ...more
This is a great book for fun or for teaching a lesson on feelings!
In the beginning, the pout pout fish's friends come to see why he is so sad. As the story progresses the colors on the pages become less and less vibrant, the characters around him become less and less happy.
However, the Pout Pout fish discovers he doesn’t have to be sad so the vibrant colors return with a blast of excitement!
The story presents a wonderful opportunity for teaching children how their mood affects everyone around th
Bought a lot of books for Christmas gifts, this being one of them. However, somehow this one didn't get wrapped and when the 'boys' arrived at my house on the 23rd (December, 2014), there it was, out in plain sight, so...

We read it. Originally bought for my two-year old grandson, who sat close to me, carefully listening to every word and looking over every picture, the older boy (six) said he'd go play while we read. However, after a minute or two, the six-year old was also sitting next to me an
We heard this book at a story time. It has a good rhythm, a not perfect but acceptable rhyme, and it's funny. It's a cheesy message, sure, but I could tell that my two-year old was into the repetition and he and I both laughed as the little fish blubbed down, the Eeyore to his positive fishy friends. And then...

(view spoiler)

...and in one fell
Teddie Trombley
When I first read this book I instantly feel in love with it and I think it is really cute and very creative. It first starts out with a glum gloomy fish that swims around and always has a pout on his face. As you read throughout the book different kinds of fish and creatures that live in the ocean come up to this gloomy fish and tells him that it is time to turn that frown upside down and to start smiling. Every time a different animal or creature comes up to him all he says in response is the ...more
I coach an after-school program through the YMCA that includes the occasional book reading to students. The books that we are provided with through the program are typically salvaged from a free box or a sale bin and aren't especially fun or engaging. However, I happily came upon The Pout-Pout Fish through this program, and it's a real gem. It's an adorable story of a glum fish who has resolved to a dysthymic life despite the well intended urgings of his friends. The book's moral is perhaps disa ...more
I grabbed a bunch of fish/ocean books, and settled into a rhythm of reading to kids who came by the library's station at the family literacy fair in 10 minute increments. Multiple times, a kid would see The Pout-Pout Fish in the pile and request me to read it. In my mind, a lot of the other books that I brought with me had more cover appeal, but this book is like a kid magnet. I much preferred reading This is Not My Hat, which the kids definitely enjoyed, but they were all over this one. I hadn' ...more
Yet another preschool-story-time-perfect book. The rhymey Dr. Seussian text teaches SO many awesome vocabulary words (we talked a lot about different words for "sad" and "in a bad mood" while reading), and the interactivity is awesome. It's great that kids can connect the length of the "blubs" to making the word sound longer. I love hearing a chorus of four-year-olds go, "BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUB!!" And then adorable smoochey noises. Yes.
Victoria Hawkins
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen express how your emotions can affect other people and it is important to be happy. A fish is always pouting since he is a pout-pout fish. As animals come by the pout-pout fish they tell him in many different ways that it is not fun to pout. Will the Pout-Pout Fish turn its frown upside down?

This book has great illustrations. The images are realistic in a way because of how the personify the characters. This book is considered poetry because of the poetic devi
Ok illustrations. Rhyme is cute, could work for a storytime. However nothing remarkable about this book. Some of the rhyming feels forced, esp. the part with the squid and the jellyfish. The ending is a bit of a let down.
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Short and Sweet: Fantastic book! The audio is perfect for little readers wanting re-reads with busy parents who may not have time to read the book one hundred times a day. Everyone in our house loves it!
This is such a great picture book about turning around an attitude!! I LOVE IT!! Great rhyming and vocabulary, a natural flow and not forced.
Perfection! About a dreary fish who spreads his "frown around town," only to learn that being happy is better and that kissing helps!
Teri-mae Delay
The Pout-Pout Fish is a rhyming book that isn't at all written in a sing-song tone. It is about a fish that always wears a frown. The fish blames it on the fact that he is a pout-pout fish. That is until one fish comes along that turns pout-pout fish's frown upside down.
This book teaches children that there is no excuse for frowning. It also teaches children that one kind action can change anyone's mood. The Pout-Pout Fish received a rate of five for the realistic illustrations and the message
Haley Potts
I chose Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen and pictures by Dan Hanna as a picture storybook. The rhyming of the story is what makes it a pattern book. The illustration on the front cover has a fish with a backpack and a frown on his face, showing that he is either sad to go to school or upset about something. The pictures are very colorful and fun but simple enough to not get too lost in the pictures. The pictures help to tell the story with the expressions on the fishes’ faces show ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
The text is cute with slightly addictive rhyming stanzas pleasantly interrupted by a refrain of "Blub, Bluuuub, Bluuuuub." The message is nice, if a bit cheesy, but this is a book for kids, not for adults. The illustrations are rather unremarkable in style and feel rather ordinary. I am a bit confused as to why the illustrator has depicted the pout-pout fish's world with gravity but it does add to the humor and message, as the fish is always falling down. Using panels for the "Blub, Bluuuub, Blu ...more
Ragan Brown
This is a very sing-songy book, with lots of rhyming and repetition. The poetry flows nicely. There are many specific characters that are easy to make up voices for. The art is colorful and interesting.

Teaching with this book:

-This book is useful for teaching a lesson on identifying yourself with some idea or feeling. Be mindful of what you are identifying yourself with. (You have more of a choice than you know) Your self perspective or concept may be distorted because of something as

The Pout Pout fish is an adorable picture book for young readers. It tells the story of a sad fish who only knows how to pout. He learns from another underwater friend that there are more choices for him in life than pouting and he becomes a kissing fish. The pictures in this story are bright and friendly. The words have a musical quality to them, making them an enjoyable read, and fun for small children to listen to.

The audio cd has two tracks- first with a male audio reader, reading the story
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diessen is a 2011 Colorado Children's Book Award nominee.

Early in the spring I had entered a contest to win The Pout-Pout Fish and it's sequel The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. I wanted copies for the Chinook Library as students had asked repeatedly to check them out.

I didn't win the contest, but towards the end of May I received an email from Ms. Diessen asking if I would like bookmarks for my students and letting me know that she would send me an autographe
Category: Grades K-3, Book #2

This is a great book for a fun read-aloud, a parent-to-child read, or a book to help kids understand moods either in the class or at home! This adorable book is about a cute little fish who is always sad and glum. Many of his fish friends try to convince him that he shouldn't behave that way, but the Pout-Pout Fish doesn't know anything else...until a beautiful fish plants a kiss on his pout and his world changes! Suddenly he realizes that he doesn't have to be so cr
Natasha Calderon
BOOK TITLE: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deobrah Diesen
SHORT DESCRIPTION: In this book a fish is grumpy and he swims around spreading his bad mood to everyone around him until one fish does something completely unexpected to turn his mood around.
FOCUS: Narrative Mini-Lesson – Adding Feeling to Writing
Kindergarten writing is often very simple and uses basic sentences… I went to the ___. He is a ____. However Diesen does an excellent job including the feeling of the characters into the story. He is not s
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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. Visit her web site at and her blog at
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