BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Not Very Merry Pout- Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

TITLE: The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

AUTHORDeborah Diesen

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Hanna

PUBLISHER:  Farrar Straus Giroux Books For Young Readers, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

“A gift should be big,
And a gift should be bright.
And a gift should be perfect
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have meaning
Plus a bit of bling-zing,
So I’ll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing!”


Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time?

Swim along with The Pout-Pout Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  There are two things I really enjoy during this time of the year. Searching for a nice holiday picture book and reading a good rhyming story. I have read about Ms. Diesen’s pout-pout fish before, but I was lucky enough this week to discover this holiday gem. Pout-Pout fish is in a tizzy because Christmas is fast approaching and he’s not found the perfect gift for each of his friends yet. We can sympathize with him as most of us have felt the rush of last minute shopping, only to fall short of not finding that one special gift for a loved one. Delightfully bright illustrations accompany this holiday treasure. A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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