Monday, January 17, 2011

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big, Big Dark

The Pout-Pout Fish takes a journey to the dark ocean floor in search of the pearl that Ms. Clam dropped when she sneezed. He promises to bring it back and is determined to keep that promise. As he ventures further into the deep, though, he finds that he must face his fear of the dark in order to do so.
This sweet, honest tale of a fish with a fear is written in rhyme with a bouncy, fun rhythm that kids will enjoy. The pictures are bright and beautiful, with a hint of whimsical humor, like the worms that are sitting and talking in the sand. Adult humor is hidden in some of the pictures, like the angler fish holding a lit-up sucker sign that says, ?Suckers here.? The fish is loveable and relatable and teaches children that it is possible to overcome their fears with the help of a good friend. Fear of the dark is a huge stumbling block for children and the story is geared toward the age group where finding friends can be difficult. It's very empowering and has already become one of my son's favorites.

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