First, Deborah Diesen‘s The Pout-Pout Fish, illustrated by Dan Hanna, is a funny book about Mr.Fish’s penchant for spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. “It’s just the way I am,” he says, and we all agree wholeheartedly…until Mr. Fish meets a fish who helps him change his ways. As fun as it is to read aloud, The Pout-Pout Fish also has great word choice: “crosstown frown”, “tentacles all trailing”, “kaleidoscope of mope”.
Then turn to What On Earth Is A Pout? by Edward R. Ricciuti. It turns out the pout is a sea creature that lives deep in the ocean. Check out that frown on the cover. Eerily similar to Mr. Fish, isn’t it? The book goes on to tell us many interesting facts, such as the usual colour of a pout is dark brown.