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Board Book Review: The Pout-Pout Fish

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Board Book Review: The Pout-Pout Fish

Sometimes she actually takes the book back into her room and returns with it, as if we wouldn’t notice she didn’t pick a new one.

Review Date: June 27th, 2016

Written by: Deborah Diesen
Illustrated by: Dan Hanna

Cover Copy

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary-wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest frowns upside down.


I gush about this book on Instagram all the time, but I figured I ought to do a proper book review on it. So here we go!

When we got this book in our Bookroo box, I thought it was going to be the silliest book ever, doomed to be shelved in the section of Madeline’s bookshelf she never thinks to touch. I couldn’t take it seriously. But then we opened it and read it a single time through and Madeline and I were hooked! And then my husband read it to her when he got home and he was hooked, too! {No pun intended haha}

Okay, so it’s a fun book that sticks with you like a favorite song, {and indeed, more than three people have memorized it just from reading it to her}, but why the 10 extra points for baby engagement? Well, because any time she gets fussy or upset or pouty, especially in public, we just start reciting that book and she’s all smiles. If we ask her to pick a book and bring it to us, 80% of the time it’s Pout-Pout Fish. {She has two other go-to books that occasionally get rotated in}. And sometimes she actually takes the book back into her room and returns with it, as if we wouldn’t notice she didn’t pick a new one.

Y’all. This book is really deserving of best-seller title. It’s smartly written and the illustrations are so fun. We need some Pout-Pout Fish related baby shirts, asap.

Baby Ratings

  • Slobber Durability: 10/10
  • NOM Resistance: 10/10
  • Tear & Fold Resistance: 10/10
  • Font Readability: 10/10
  • Baby Engagement: 20/10!
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10


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Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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