★★★★★ 2004 real customer reviews average rating: 4.8 stars
5 Stars By Natalie K. on 2016-06-18
Arguably the best kid book
This book with its sing-song rhythm and upbeat ending is arguably my favorite children's book. It is also tops on my toddler's list as well. Started reading this to my daughter when she was about 6 months old and she still reads it now at 2. I see this being a good book even into early school years for her. We've also picked up some of the author's off-shoots to this including her holiday book and the fish goes to school. Each have been just as thoughtfully written. Highly recommend this series.
5 Stars By thefroo on 2017-01-03
My favorite to read! Baby likes it too.
I LOVE this book so much. I bought it because of the reviews but I didn't read them. It's my favorite baby book at the moment and my 3 month old sits through it and smiles because of the noises when I say "BLUUUUUB". There's an actual story line and it's a great book. One that an adult wouldn't hate to read over and over again. It rhymes and I find the words stuck in my head sometimes. I Love the illustration as well. It's pretty vibrant. There are some big words in there that little kids can't say like "kaleidoscope" but that's okay. I still absolutely love this book. I got the board book so it can last a while and honestly I might buy it again if something happens to it.
2 Stars By Adam Piontek on 2016-09-24
Blah. Maybe I'm a pout-pout human, but this could have been so much better.
I was keen to enjoy this book, based on what others wrote, but I couldn't bring myself to gift it as planned.
it's *trying* to encourage self-positivity and exploration, I *think*, but it does it in a way that seems like it's just dismissing and criticizing bad moods or depression.
No other fish in the sea ever engages the pout-pout fish's feelings, or asks him *why* he's feeling down, or tries to help him explore what things might bring him joy or pleasure. They just tell him he should be happy, and the book acts as if the "problem" isn't that the pout-pout fish is unhappy, but that he's spreading his unhappiness around. The pout-pout fish is presented not as a being with feelings who might need some help from his society. No, oh no, the poor pout-pout fish is instead depicted as a burden on the fish world. Everyone just wishes he would cheer up so they wouldn't be burdened with his appearance and presence anymore.
Ultimately, nobody in this book cares about the pout-pout fish. Except maybe the fish at the end that kisses him. But this event is treated entirely mechanistically. Who is this fish? Why do they kiss him? Why does it cheer him up so much? Is it wise to just go around kissing or hugging people who seem down in the dumps? Isn't there more to it?
and then the pout-pout fish suddenly decides his "purpose" is to be a kiss-kiss fish, spreading cheer all over by surprise-kissing other fish. Now, I grew up in Minnesota, and at least back in the 80s there was this troupe of guys at parades who put on costumes and went around kissing people in the crowd as the parade marched on. I always thought it was pretty creepy. I mean, do you want strangers who think you're in a bad mood to surprise-kiss you?
I realize this is just a book for toddlers. I also found the language and rhymes really well done.
But I think toddlers deserve a better message than "don't be gloomy, be positive! Everyone likes a positive person!" And I think that makes it all the more disappoint to me that such fun rhymes are put to such bland use.
1 Stars By Philip Christos from Sarasota on 2016-12-30
Nice illustration gets the 1 star.
Appalled that this book has received such good reviews... are we reading the same book?
The basis of the story is: Listen to how other people view and judge you until you conform to how they believe you should be.
There seem to be some very misguided people out there who believe Love can only be shown through the act of smooching/kissing. Where are the acts of kindness, forgiveness, understanding or empathy? No, these themes are not shown and are missing in this book. The only thing that saves this fish is another fish who has boundary issues and believes they can act (kiss) without permission. And this somehow solves the problem (?).
No. This is not a lesson I'll be teaching, through reading, to my Child. Far from it.
5 Stars By HoopQueen33 on 2010-11-16
Oh My Gosh...This might be my new favorite childrens book!
My son asked to buy this at his school book fair. He is in the 2nd grade and is into chapter books now but really wanted this book. Upon arriving home he immediately began reading it to his little sister, a 1st grader, and the family friends that happened to be visiting. He was so animated while he was reading that it took us grown-ups back to a time when we use to sit in our grade school classrooms and have the teachers read to us! The rhythm of the passages made it easy for him to read as well. And the ending... wonderful to say the least! I wanted him to read it again as soon as he was done.
I have recommended this to all my friends with young children. The illustrations are beautiful and I find my two children with the book just looking at the pages just to see what they missed the last time they looked at it.
Yes, it has a wonderful message as well. The power of positive choices and influences and my kids understood this too. We have children's books all over our house and this one is now residing in our 'favorites' section along with Dr Seuss and a few others.
We have decided to video tape my son reading it since we enjoy the book and how he reads it. We will be sending the video with the book to some young friends for Christmas (and I will get my copy as well!)
4 Stars By Grandma Zizzy on 2017-10-22
A book in which a simple act of kindness goes a long way toward changing someone's self-portrait!
This is one of the books we had under the tree last year for our youngest grandson, a darling little board book that - from my take on it - delivers two clear messages that are true not just for the children this book was designed for, but adults as well. First, that how we see ourselves can become a self-fulfilling prophesy... if we compare ourselves unfavorably to others in our circle (i.e. so-and-so can do such-and-such much better than I, such-and-such comes so easily for others but not for me, I'm not as loveable as so-and-so), and keep re-playing that tape in our heads (perhaps reinforced by how we feel others view us), then what we "see" in that mirror is who we'll end up being. But if we focus instead on what we have to OFFER to others, we can change that reflection to one we feel a whole lot better about! The other is that we are capable of influencing others in positive ways by demonstrating simple acts of kindness and compassion, much moreso than using words to point out faults or telling people how they "should" be, "should" feel, "should" act.
Brushing off the admonishments of his friends to stop being such a gloomy gus, (Ms. Clam with her winning smile, graceful Mr. Jelly(fish), slender Mrs. Squid, and Mr. Eight, an octopus who just lays it right out there: "Your hulky-bulky sulking is an unattractive trait!", the pout-pout fish has come to believe that spreading the "dreary-wearies" is just who he is, and accepted it as his fate. Then one day a new fish arrives, and rather than dispensing more words, she non-judgementally gives him a simple kiss and swims away. Experiencing how good her gesture made him feel, that simple act awakens the pout-pout fish to the possibility of what he himself might be capable of - "spreading cheery-cheeries all over the place!"
At just 2 1/2 - we weren't able to explain it in those exact words to our grandson, but he's past 3 now and children at young ages have minds just like sponges - though they might not realize it, those are the lessons they'll begin soaking in with this charming book. REALLY like this book! Sturdy 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" book with thick pages for child-friendly turning. (WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON AT AMAZON THESE DAYS? SO MANY ITEMS I'VE PURCHASE FROM THEM LATELY AREN'T SHOWING UP AS VERIFIED PURCHASES... IF I BUY SOMETHING FROM AMAZON AND THE MONEY'S TAKEN DIRECTLY OUT OF MY CHECKING ACCOUNT, WHY CAN'T THEY VERIFY IT?! Anyone else having this issue?)
5 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-01-08
People are ridiculous
This is my son's favorite book! He carries it around the house, and will sit in our laps to read it multiple times over. It's the only book he will sit still for when being read too. It is such an easy read and fun to get animated with, my husband and I both like to compare each others versions. The other reviews on here that comment about the book having a terrible message are ridiculous. It's a great message of showing that you can turn any situation into something positive. I have since bought three other books from the series but this one still remains my favorite.
4 Stars By C Johnson on 2015-01-02
Not a bad book. Has a good message. My 4 year old daugter likes it. We read it every three weeks or so based on her requests.
Decent artwork. 4 year old daughter enjoys the story. It teaches a good lesson about setting you mind in a positive state rather than being glum. It shows you you can change you r own attitude ad how you perceive the world around you. Not a perfect story, but not bad. In any case, my daughter likes it read to her. Not her favorite, but she definitely likes it.
5 Stars By Chelsea DeChaos on 2017-07-16
Pout Pout Yay! =)
This book is best saved for your preschoolers, the almost 3's appreciate it but the 3 to 5 crowd really seem to dig this pouty little fishy. I have a fish in my classroom, he's a tiny red beta, and my older toddlers look up to him and say glub glub gluuuuub...it's precious. Seriously, if you have a mopey child or class and you need something cute, pick up Pout-Pout Fish and read with your best enthusiasm. It'll either change their mood and yours, or it'll make you rethink the whole teaching/reading to lift a preschooler's spirits. Either way, enjoy the pout!
3 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-06-09
I love most of this book, but the ending concerns me as a mother
As much as I love most of this book (nice rhythm, good rhyme, fun story, colorful pictures), I'm bothered by the ending. SPOILER ALERT: Throughout most of the book, other fish are telling the pout-pout fish that he shouldn't be pouty and he says that he can't help it because he's a pout-pout fish. At the end, a fish comes up and kisses him, which makes him happy. He then goes around spreading cheer by kissing other fish. I'm torn between loving this book under the interpretation that kissing is doing something nice that cheers people up, and being disturbed by it in that it makes it seem o.k. to kiss people without their consent. I will continue reading this to my baby because of its positive qualities, but as she gets older and we begin to talk more about the story, I will definitely tell her that what goes on at the end isn't o.k. This book may actually be a good starting point for teaching her from a very young age that she is in control of her body, that it's NOT o.k. to just kiss people who don't want to be kissed, and that she ALWAYS has the right to refuse a kiss or touch (even from Mom). That being said, the book itself gives the wrong message and I would not have bought it if I had seen the ending first.