The Pout-Pout Fish By Deborah Diesen
November 15, 2011
As a college student, I have little time outside of reading the textbooks for my classes, especially as an English Major. Though they are neat and nifty reads, I tend to get stuck reading classic literature like The Iliad, Beowulf, Parliament of Fowls, and other oldies. But too many classics turn a mind old, at least that’s how mine feels at times. I can’t be an English Major all the time; breaks, especially of the mental kinda, are good. So for fun, I like to read picture books.
Today, I chose The Pout-Pout Fish. This splendid little book is about a pouty fish that flops himself all over the ocean floor around his friends. He's not playing games with them or having fun, as his motivation levels are quite non-existent. All the other sea creatures—clams, sea worms, jellyfish, sea horses, octopi, and crabs—ask this malaise-stricken, blue fish why he is the way he is and why he is a pouty fish. This little guy’s reply is only that he is the way he is and cannot change. He doesn’t even consider the possibilities to be non-pouty.
Without spoiling the end, all I can say is that even though I was feeling a little glum the day I read this colorful, splendidly illustrated book, my day got brighter and less glummy. The language is simple and fun with a very pleasant rhythm and rhyme. As an English Major, this made me smile, especially since I didn’t have to scan it for meter for once!
For similar reads you might try:
- Seamore, The Very Forgetful Porpoise by Darcie Edgemon
- Swimmy by Lio Lionni
- Gilbert In Deep by Jane Clarke
While I know I can’t be a kid forever, picture books help me feel like I can.