El pez pucheros by Deborah Diesen, Pictures by Dan Hanna

61mjomtycpl   El pez pucheros by Deborah Diesen, Pictures by Dan Hanna, translation by Teresa Mlawer. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016.  9780374305048

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Spanish translation of the 2008 book The Pout-Pout Fish. In the deep ocean lives a pouting blue fish who cannot smile, despite all his friends telling him he should try. He feels he just can’t help spreading the “dreary-wearies” wherever he goes. When a lovely silver fish swims up to Pout-Pout fish and kisses him on his pout, he instantly becomes a “kiss-kiss fish” who can spread the “cheery-cheeries.” Rhyming text and whimsical sea creatures will amuse young children.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It seems that the message for children is that feeling sad is just about your attitude. This is a simplistic view of depression.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For a kid having a bad day, I’d rather recommend Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day or Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard.

Who should buy this book? Day cares, public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: December 14, 2016

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