Right away I noticed how easily The Pout-Pout Fish is to read. There are repeating parts to it, which are great for older children because they can join in when these parts come up. Things like this make children feel involved when reading. After just a few reads I had almost all of The Pout-Pout Fish memorized, the lines from this book will get stuck in your head very easily. You will soon find yourself asking children if they are “Spreading dreary-wearies” when in a grumpy mood. The one thing that confused me for a bit were the missing end quotations when Mr. Fish speaks in the book. I think I have it figured out though. The end quotations come when Mr. Fish has his frown turned upside-down.
Smile, Pout-Pout Fish is a much simpler version of the same story, Mr. Fish is being encouraged to smile by one of his fishy friends. If you are looking for a book talking about emotions, and what those can look like through facial expressions, this is a great one for that. Worried, sad, mad, and happy are all covered in the pages of this book.
These books got my daughter’s attention right away. She was instantly drawn to all of the colours on the pages. The pictures have a beautiful hand drawn appearance. There are lots of sea creatures throughout the pages of these books, so if you have a child who loves sea creatures they can point them out as you read these books.
The Pout-Pout Fish and Smile, Pout-Pout Fish are by Deborah Diesen and the pictures are done by Dan Hanna. Both books are published by Farrar Straus Giroux. You can find The Pout-Pout Fish here, and Smile, Pout-Pout Fish here.
These books were provided to me by Raincoast Books in order to facilitate a review. The opinions and words shared are all my own.