2019 April

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

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This is one of the sequels to the original story, The Pout-Pout Fish. I believe there is quite a selection to the “pout-pout” series, but this particular board book is a perfect bedtime story. It is much shorter than the first book with one phrase on each page. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing for my wiggle-worm of toddler. He loves short and fast reads like this one.

Pout-Pout goes through the typical bedtime routine your own little one does in real life, so there is a strong relatability to the story theme. He brushes his teeth, scrubs his face, gets his favorite toy/stuffed animal, reads a story, listens to a song, tucks into bed, and off to sleep he goes!

The creatures have that unique and familiar look as the same illustrator worked on this book as well as the original. I will say Pout-Pout’s toy is . . . off-putting. It verges on a little on the creepy, alien style. But! The artwork is still appealing to children, so that’s what matters.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

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This book is over a decade old now, but still highly acclaimed, and I believe has become a children’s classic in those few years. It does have a wonderful message that I greatly appreciate as someone who struggles with mental health, confidence issues, and anxiety.

-You don’t have to accept things as they are, face-value (ba-du-dun… bad pun). Sometimes you just need a fresh and new perspective!

The pout-pout fish needed help in creating a new outlook on life; thank goodness the kiss-kiss fish came along to change his point-of-view! This story is still a bestseller for good reasons. It has catchy rhymes, unusual sea creatures, and funky words. Kids will have a blast reading along with, “blub, bluub, bluuub”!

Great read, lots of fun. I am thrilled my friend, Shayla sent this and the sequel to my baby. We love book mail!!

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin

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I am so glad there’s a sequel to Dragons Love Tacos. My little family and I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, and you can tell just by the title, Dragons Love Tacos 2, the Sequel, that Adam Rubin hits it out of the park with his zany humor once again. The amazing duo teamed up again for this book, and I would be remiss if I didn’t compliment the funky illustrations by Daniel Salmieri.

The boy needs to help his dragon friends, because tragically the world has eaten every…single…taco. They are extinct, no more, kaput. (This is a play on the repetitive humor Rubin utilizes in the story.) Luckily, the boy has a spare time machine in the garage, so he and a few of the dragons travel to the past to save a taco “seed” to plant in the present. Along the way, though, they almost mess up their mission more than once: spicy salsa consumption, fire blasts to the time vehicle, traveling too far and going prehistoric, and visiting alternative time lines. There’s fun and laughs on every page, and I highly recommend pairing this book with the prequel.

Actually, we were given this book before buying or reading the first one. Guess what? It still works. We giggled at the silly dragons, and the recap “dragons love tacos” covered the necessities.

Wingbound by Heather Trim

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Cheers for Wingbound by Heather Trim! You know YA books are my jam, but it’s been a bit since I’ve sat down and read one. Usually reading picture books with my baby nowadays. So this fantasy story (book 1 of the series) was an overdue and refreshing change of pace for me. I was always pumped to dive into the World of Ellery when I could grab a rare spare moment.


I think children, both girls and boys, will be entertained, especially 4th-8th graders. There’s fighting, romance, dragons, flying people, a floating island, feuds (racial & familial), and so much more. This story has a fair amount of action, from 1-on-1 scuffles to a generational war between races. I will say, the pace of action slowed a bit when the kids are stuck on the floating island for the better part of a year. A coming-of-age book about a scrawny, scared boy still felt very relatable, even to me (a mom closing in on her 30s). Credit to the writer for her well-designed characters and immersive culture! I gotta say the part that snagged me is when the main character is joined in his homemade flying machine by his brother and friends. I realized this wasn’t going to be a lonely storyline just focusing on him and his harebrained pursuit, but actually a diverse group that grows individually from their journey together.


Heather Trim is a self-published author. I bought Wingbound after I attended her Facebook book-launch party. I was invited by my friend and Heather’s editor/marketer, Shayla Raquel. What are some indie pub books you like?