Search Results: "Deborah Diesen"


BOOK REVIEW

DEBORAH by Esther Singer Kreitman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Essentially a curiosity, of some documentary value, but only marginal literary interest."
Accusatory autobiographical fiction, first published in 1936 as The Devil's Dance, enumerates the frustrations of an intellectually curious woman denied opportunities for education and self-expression. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE BAREFOOTED, BAD-TEMPERED BABY BRIGADE by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2010

"Slick, with a hollow core—the opposite of babies. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An inexplicably mobilized horde of babies marches—or rather, crawls, pedals and toddles—to Town Hall, with an articulate message that pulls no punches: "We won't get our hair cut. / We won't wear our suncaps. / We won't play with smart toys / to skip us a grade. / We won't like the doctor. / We won't take our naps. / We're a barefooted bad-tempered baby brigade!" Read full book review >

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PICTURE DAY PERFECTION by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This tale of a young Wisenheimer is plenty crafty and features a satisfyingly fitting requital. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A clever tale about a kid who wants this year to be his showcase for the perfect school picture. Read full book review >

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THE POUT-POUT FISH IN THE BIG-BIG DARK by Deborah Diesen
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"An entertaining read-aloud and a nice lighthearted vehicle for dealing with fear. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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. Read full book review >

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THE POUT-POUT FISH  by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2008

"Hanna's cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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." Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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BLOOM by Deborah Diesen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A lovely way of looking back on the year with a child who may not realize he or she has 'bloomed.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paralleling the planting of a garden in the fall and its blooming is the growth of a young girl and all the milestones that happen between fall and spring. Read full book review >

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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 >