The Pout-Pout Fish

A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure

Deborah Diesen; Pictures by Dan Hanna

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

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 of frowns upside down.The Pout-Pout Fish is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.



  • Blubble Trouble (a short film for The Pout-Pout Fish)

    A seemingly endless field of rising blubbles. Although Mr. Fish appears glum throughout, the fact that the blubbles are rising is a symbolic reference to the fact that all is not lost and that things are looking up.

  • Plopping Pouter (a short film for The Pout-Pout Fish)

    The Pout-Pout Fish drops in to spread some of his Dreary Wearies all over the place.

  • Famous Pouts (a short film for The Pout-Pout Fish)

    The Pout-Pout Fish is only the latest in a long, distinguished history of great pouters. This film illustrates that even geniuses can fall victim to moments of deep gloom.

  • The Pout-Pout Fish Book Trailer

    A book trailer for children's author Deborah Diesen's award-winning picture book, The Pout-Pout Fish.



Praise for The Pout-Pout Fish

“Younger kids will love the repetition of the verses in this tale of a pout-pout fish.” —TIME magazine, from its Top 10 Childrens’ Books of 2008 List

"Winning artwork...Hanna’s cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality" —Kirkus Reviews
"Appealing...the cartoon illustrations of undersea life are bright and clean and the protagonist's exaggerated expressions are entertaining." —School Library Journal
"Diesen's clever rhymes are playful and fun and are sure to keep children's imaginations swimming from page to page." —Times Record News

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  • Deborah Diesen; Pictures by Dan Hanna

  • Deborah Diesen is the bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. She 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 the Cartoon Network. He lives in Oxnard, California.
  • Deborah Diesen
    Deborah Diesen


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The Pout-Pout Fish

A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure

Deborah Diesen; Pictures by Dan Hanna

SCIBA Book Award - Winner, Colorado Children's Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master Lis