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The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cute holiday tale values gifts that come from the heart.

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This simple holiday tale carries a welcome anti-commercial message, but it may resonate more with stressed-out adult shoppers than kids. Still, the art is wonderful, with lots of fun details in the watery world below and a big payoff when Manta Claus arrives at the end. Preschoolers will enjoy the wordplay and repeated rhyming phrase in Mr. Fish's quest: "A gift should be big / And a gift should be bright / And a gift should be perfect / Guaranteed to bring delight … "

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