It you have a little pout-pout kid (and who doesn’t at least some of the time?), this book might be the cure. This rhyming tale about a grumpy fish who is determined to be unhappy has a cute ending that both my 3 and 5 year olds enjoyed.
Comments: I’m clearly late on the Pout-Pout Fish bandwagon as there seems to be a whole series of Pout-Pout books that I’d never heard of until recently. However, my kids and I REALLY enjoyed this book. It has a rhyming, lyrical, repetitive quality with bright, colorful pictures that make it perfect for preschoolers. What I loved most about this book is the ending. Basically, the story is about a gloomy fish who spreads the “dreary wearies” because he has a “pout-pout face”. In the end, spoiler alert, another fish gives him a big smooch and he becomes a kiss-kiss fish. Now when my 3 year old is acting like a little fuss bucket, I ask her if she’s being a “pout-pout fish” and chase her around to give her a big kiss. I know this book makes her happy, because recently she suffered a crushing blow at our local library when she got to spin the prize wheel and the needle landed on “free book”. This was devastating, because her older brother, who spun the wheel before her, got a free stuffed animal. Her prize was the board book, Smile, Pout-Pout Fish (affiliate link) – basically an abridged, extremely short, but still cute version of the same story. It took a few minutes to calm down enough after the tragedy to let me read her new book to her, but after I did, through her tears, my little pout-pout fish was smiley and happy.
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