Today’s PPBF selection is from our May featured author – Debbie Diesen!
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, August, 2010
Suitable for: Ages 2-8
Themes/Topics: Ocean, Fish, Friendship, Fears, Bravery, Scared of the Dark
Opening/Synopsis: From School Library Journal: Mr. Fish goes on an undersea adventure to reclaim Ms. Clam’s lost pearl. Repeating his mantra, “I’m FAST as a sailfish,/I’m STRONG as a shark,/I’m SMART as a dolphin,” he nervously admits, “But I’m SCARED OF THE DARK!” As he ventures through deeper and darker waters, his resolution falters: “I know I made a promise,/But this fish is headin’ back!” With the help of Miss Shimmer and Mr. Lantern, he not only conquers his fears, but also finds the missing pearl. The playful, rhyming verse is well matched with Hanna’s funny cartoon illustrations. The whimsical sea creatures include a puffer fish reading Diesen’s The Pout-Pout Fish (Farrar, 2008). A buoyant tale.
Activities: Debbie Diesen’s website contains a list of curriculum ideas and activities, all available for free. She also provides links to the illustrator Dan Hanna’s many add-on activities, including live Pout-Pout films!
Why I Like This Book: So seldom do you get a sequel or a companion to a picture book with a beloved character that is as good or even better than the first one. I’m glad to say The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark is an exception! In fact, my son likes this one even more than The Pout-Pout Fish, probably because he is a little afraid of the dark himself. 🙂 Kudos to Debbie for following up one masterpiece with another!12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming · Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, Debbie Diesen, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Rhyming, Writer