Books by Dan Hanna

THE POUT-POUT FISH CLEANS UP THE OCEAN by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2019

"Well-meant but distressing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pout-pout fish finds more to pout about. Read full book review >
POUT-POUT FISH BACK TO SCHOOL by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"Fans of Pout-Pout Fish will get a new perspective in this back-to-school title that shows even adults get nervous when facing the new and unknown. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mr. Fish provides a glimpse of a substitute teacher's first day of school. Read full book review >
THE POUT-POUT FISH AND THE BULLY-BULLY SHARK  by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Enjoy the playground scenes, but read another book for a better bullying message. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mr. Fish and his friends find their spines (well, maybe not the octopus or the squid…) when dealing with a shark. Read full book review >
THE POUT-POUT FISH, FAR, FAR FROM HOME by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Fans will love it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Curious Mr. Fish learns a lot on a vacation adventure, especially about life. Read full book review >
THE POUT-POUT FISH UNDERSEA ALPHABET by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Let this one swim on by. There are plenty more (and better!) ocean-themed alphabet books in the sea. (Board book. 1-3)"
From angelfish to zebrafish, the creators of the Pout-Pout Fish bring readers a touch-and-feel alphabet exploration. Read full book review >
TRICK OR TREAT, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Another branded entry that offers little beyond the minimum requirements. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Pout-Pout Fish brand expands. Read full book review >
KISS, KISS, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"If the point is to help children understand and accept their feelings, this effort is a failure. If the point is to sell Pout-Pout product, it might succeed. (Board book. 1-3)"
The Pout-Pout Fish brand expands. Read full book review >
THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Mr. Fish's fans can chase away any holiday 'dreary-wearies' with this latest entry in the series, though it's more likely to be adults who face the holiday shopping quandary than children. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The perennially popular pout-pout fish is back with a new problem: how to find perfect gifts for all his friends. Read full book review >
THE POUT-POUT FISH GOES TO SCHOOL by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Diesen tackles a worry not often found in back-to-school books; young Mr. Fish will ease children's fears about what will be expected of them. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This look back at when Mr. Fish was young and starting school for the first time focuses on belonging. Read full book review >
SMILE, POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An upbeat early book on feelings with a simple storyline that little ones will respond to. (Board book. 1-3)"
This simplified version of Diesen and Hanna's The Pout-Pout Fish (2008) is appropriate for babies and toddlers. Read full book review >
THE POUT-POUT FISH IN THE BIG-BIG DARK by Deborah Diesen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

Mr. Fish heroically offers to find Ms. Clam's lost pearl, and as he ventures forth, gentle suspense ensues when he finds himself heading for deeper and darker waters. Young readers will enjoy the energetic and detailed cartoon-like illustrations of this friendly-yet-mysterious underwater world (the scenes deep in the ocean trench are particularly effective), while the rollicking, rhythmic text will have readers diving in with Mr. Fish as he repeatedly admits, "I'm FAST as a sailfish, I'm STRONG as a shark, I'm SMART as dolphin…But I'm scared of the dark." Fans of The Pout-Pout Fish (2008) will find just as much to love here, and any youngster who has been afraid of the dark will identify with Mr. Fish's struggle. Luckily, our hero has dedicated friends who help him deal with his anxiety, continue on his quest and keep his promise to Ms. Clam. The final notes of friendship and bravery will resonate with young readers. An entertaining read-aloud and a nice lighthearted vehicle for dealing with fear. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE POUT-POUT FISH  by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2008

The pout-pout fish, painted a suitable blue, is so named for his perpetual gloom: "I'm a pout-pout fish / With a pout-pout face, / So I spread the dreary-wearies / All over the place." When a jellyfish complains about his "daily scaly scowl," the glum fish agrees, but says his mood isn't up to him. A squid, dubbing the fish "a kaleidoscope of mope," receives the same defeatist answer, as do other sea creatures. Up to this point, the story is refreshing in that readers will no doubt recognize the pout-pout fish in their own lives, and in many cases, there's just no cheering these people up. But the plot takes a rather unpalatable turn when a shimmery girl fish kisses the gloomster right on his pouty mouth. With that kiss, he transforms into the "kiss-kiss fish" and swims around "spreading cheery-cheeries all over the place," meaning that he starts to smooch every creature in sight. (Don't try this at school, kids, you'll get suspended!) Still, there's plenty of charm here, both in the playful language ("hulky-bulky sulking!") and in the winning artwork—Hanna's cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >