The Pout-Pout Fish and What On Earth Is A Pout?

The-PPF-150x150Here’s a pair of picture books: one fiction and one non-fiction, both about pouty fish.

First, Deborah Diesen‘s The Pout-Pout Fishillustrated 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 21NKRMN9H3L._SX200_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.

Fact and fiction studies or compare and contrast to delve deeper into these books.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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