Sunday, November 15, 2015

Review - A Christmas Pout-Pout & a Giveaway





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        Today I have the pleasure of sharing a new book in the Pout-Pout Fish series by Deborah Diesen with illustrations by Dan Hanna. The title: The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish. The Macillan Children's Publishing Group (publisher - Farrar, Straus & Giroux) -  is generous enough to offer a giveaway of this title, US citizens only, sorry. The giveaway begins at midnight, Nov. 16th.
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Here's a link to the publisher's page.

           I reviewed the first Pout-Pout Fish book when it first came out, and have since given a few others as gifts for young children. Thanks to Farrar, Straus &Giroux for this review copy. 
           Deborah Diesen writes the stories in rhyme, just right for reading aloud. And Dan Hanna's expertise in cartoon-like drawings adds extra fun to the read aloud. The illustrations are bold and colorful, each page filled with briny detail, like imagining dear Pout-Pout lamenting his problems to a sympathetic sea star leaning in to listen well. While the ocean creatures aren't exactly realistic, they do exhibit the correct shapes and relative sizes.



            In this Christmas story, Pout-Pout is on the search for the perfect gifts for all his friends. Sadly, by the time he thinks of something, those "somethings" are all gone. Sometimes, Pout-Pout arrives just as a store is closing. And then, he's down to the wire with no presents at all. The ending soothes with the way everyone should think when looking for a perfect gift, as written by Diesen, "And a gift should have meaning/Plus a bit of bling-zing" Pout-Pout realizes the real meaning of gift-giving through advice from a dear friend fish, Miss Shimmer. 

          Find Deborah Diesen's website here, and all about her books and other products here.  And Dan Hanna's website, The Blue Belly Lizard here.  

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17 comments:

  1. Sounds like the book has a good message. Something important to remember over the holidays. I like the "plus a bit of bling-zing" part!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Glad you came to check out Pout-Pout!!

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  2. Thanks for the heads up about this book. I will have to get a copy for our school.

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    1. Terrific, Cheriee, perhaps you'll win a copy!

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  3. Pout Pout Fish books are a lot of fun :) My favorite holiday book is still The Polar Express though. I know it is a bit cliche, but I love the message :)

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    1. Thanks Kellee. I'm glad you enjoy these cute books.

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  4. The first Pout Pout Fish was fabulous. I wonder how this one compares?

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    1. Well, I've liked them all. They have a strong voice & the characters are there, too. Hope you will enjoy this one, too.

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  5. The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish looks like a lot of fun. Can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks, it is that, a bunch of fun for those who celebrate Christmas & want to find the perfect gift.

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  6. Fats enjoyed Pout Pout Fish - I think she featured that a few years back - is it open to US residents or only citizens? Because Fats, i think, would be good with this if it's the former. :)

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    1. US residents, Myra. Let her know to enter. This will be on all week! Thanks!

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  7. The Pout Pout Fish books are among my favorites. Thanks for sharing the wealth of such a seasonally timely book, Linda. =)

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Bridget. I'm happy you like these books,too, & hope you entered the giveaway!

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  8. Linda, this book seems to be filled with just what a child would like to hear. When I was in the classroom I loved reading holiday books to the children who were delighted with the different tales. Proomf was one of the children's favorites.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I hope you entered the drawing!

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