You Can Find the Class Pet, Pout-Pout Fish! (Pout-Pout Fish Reader)

by Deborah Diesen (Author) Dan Hanna (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Our favorite fish is on the hunt for the class pet!

Mr. Fish's class has a pet, but one day the pet isn't in its cage. Where did he go? The whole class is about to pout! Will they be able to work together to bring the pet home?

You Can Find the Class Pet, Pout-Pout Fish! is a paperback Level 1 Beginning Reader about patience, teamwork, and classroom fun that features the characters from the New York Times-bestselling Pout-Pout Fish series by Deborah Diesen with illustrations from Dan Hanna.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Mr. Fish's class pet has escaped from its cage and is missing. "Where did he go? How do we find him?" the students ask one another. "We will find him," promises Mr. Fish, but then he sighs and pouts since he doesn't know how. Young readers can help Mr. Fish and his friends find their missing pet, a pink snail, which is wriggling on the floor or peeking from the shelf on some of the pages. Diesen and Monés, whose illustrations are based on those created by Dan Hanna, continue the "Pout-Pout Fish" series, which is geared for beginning readers and is easy to follow in large type. Readers will be pleased that the rhymes in this book are rhythmic and flowing, complementing the pictures. The cartoon-style sea characters are drawn in light pastels accented with dark fins and flippers. Pout-Pout Fish is depicted in a school classroom; this will delight young readers, who will laugh as they recognize the familiar setting with unusual students. VERDICT Pair with other books with similar themes, including Margaret Wise Brown's Home for a Bunny, Don Freeman's Corduroy, and Jan Brett's The Hat and The Mitten.--Monica Fleche

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Deborah Diesen
Deborah Diesen is the author of many children's picture books, including the New York Times bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish and Equality's Call. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan.

Magdalena Mora is a Minneapolis-based illustrator and graphic designer with a special interest in children's books and visual storytelling. When she isn't drawing, she spends her free time reading, people-gawking, and trying to find the best tacos in the Twin Cities. Equality's Call by Deborah Diesen is her first picture book.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publication date
September 20, 2023
Pout-Pout Fish Reader
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002100 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Fishes
Library of Congress categories

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