Saturday, November 21, 2015

Blog Tour Stop for "The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish" -- Review and #Giveaway #poutpouttour @MacKidsBooks @prbythebook

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Holiday sequel to The New York Times bestselling Pout-Pout Fish series reminds young readers what being merry is all about

A Christmas Story for Pouty Preschoolers

Have you heard about the Pout-Pout Fish series?  I hadn't until I was sent "The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish." And, since then I have made a point to pick up a handful of the others titles in the Pout-Pout Fish series to share with my girls, as they really are a treat to read, especially at bedtime.

If you have preschoolers then you will want to pick up and share this recent release with them, as it is great way to share the importance of the holidays and homemade gifts are more personable and treasured.

This and other Pout-Pout books share important life lessons with little ones, while promoting the importance of friendship.  When I first read this book to my girls, they were quick to point out the fun repetitive rhyme as they chimed on as I read through the pages to find out what Mr. Fish ends up chooses to give as his holiday presents.  Before I could finish the last page of the story, my youngest daughter was already asking if we could read it again, as she loved it. :-)  We have only had this book a couple of weeks, but there hasn't been a bedtime reading that has gone by that this cute story hasn't been read.  My girls aren't growing tired of it, and I have to say that it really is perfect, especially as  way to get excited about the holidays and share with little ones the importance of the season.

Here is more about this cute storybook for preschoolers...

""The grumpiest fish in children’s literature is back with another case of “the dreary wearies.” This time, Mr. Fish, star of The New York Times bestselling Pout-Pout Fish series, is down in the dumps over holiday shopping. 

Pout Pout 1

With a message for readers of all ages, The Not Very MerryPout-Pout Fish (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Books | Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Ages 2-6) finds Mr. Fish so consumed with finding that perfect gift for each of his friends that he forgets the true meaning of the holidays.

"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"

When Mr. Fish—with his signature Pout-Pout Fish frown—comes up empty-handed, Miss Shimmer intervenes with a plan to make homemade gifts. He soon learns that it’s not about busting the budget or gifting the season’s hottest item, but giving from the heart. Together they experience the joy that comes from giving and sharing—the merriest gifts of all.

Pout Pout 2

Written by former bookseller and librarian Deborah Diesen with illustrations by veteran children's artist Dan Hanna, The Pout-Pout Fish was a 2008 Time Magazine “Top Ten Children’s Book.” Since then, Mr. Fish has won over the hearts of millions of young readers as he Goes to School, faces the Big-Big Dark, learns to Smile, discovers how to Dream, and plays Hide-and-Seek. Today there are more than 2.5 million Pout-Pout Fish books in print."


About the Author and Illustrator:

Deborah Diesen ( grew up in Midland, Michigan, and started writing poems at a young age. She has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, and now works for a small nonprofit organization, but her greatest joy comes from writing for children. She lives with her family in Grand Ledge, Michigan. 

Dan Hanna ( has over ten years experience in the animation industry, and his work has appeared on BBC America and the Cartoon Network. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. 

Book Details:

Published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Books for Young Readers
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
On sale September 8, 2015
Hardcover Picture Book
Ages 2-6
Grades Pre K–1
ISBN 9780374355494
32 pages

Book Tour Schedule:

Author Deborah Diesen
November 14, 3pm - Square Books, Oxford, MS

November 16, 3:30pm - Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
November 18, 4pm - Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach, FL
November 19, 7pm - Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA
November 20, 4pm - Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
Illustrator Dan Hanna
November 15, 11am - WORD Books, Jersey City, NJ
November 16, 4pm - Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville, KY
November 17, 4:30pm - Towne Book Center & Cafe, Collegeville, PA
November 18, 4:30pm - Cover to Cover, Columbus, OH
November 19, 4:30pm - Lake Forest Books, Lake Forest, IL
November 21, 12pm - Anderson’s Book Shop, Naperville, IL
November 21, 2pm - Anderson’s Book Shop, La Grange, IL

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Buy Now:

"The Not Very Merry Pout Pout Fish" is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble, Indiebound and  Don't delay in picking up this fun story to share with your children this holiday season and for years to come.


Thanks to the author and publisher, one lucky reader will win a copy of this cute holiday book to share with their child(ren). To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. My kids love reading The Polar Express! Thanks for the chance to win! Julie [email protected]

  2. My son loves to read the night before christmas!

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  4. We have a pop up version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and it's our favorite!