All posts tagged: Deborah Diesen

BooKs on MondaY: Meet the Bestselling Author-Illustrator Team of the Children’s POUT-POUT Books

By Leslie Lindsay  If you’ve been around children’s literature of late, you’ll know this grumpy little fish has some dreary, weary days. Well, he’s back this holiday season but can’t seem to find any suitable gifts for the folks (fish), on his list…sigh! Today, I am honored to have bestselling author-illustrator duo Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna with us to have a merry little chat about their newest creation, THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH.  Leslie Lindsay: How did you come up with the original Pout-Pout fish book in 2008? Deborah Deiesn: The story grew out of an actual pout! One day many, many years ago, when my elder son was a preschooler, he was having a very grouchy afternoon. Hoping to amuse him, I made an exaggerated pouty face at him. He smiled and then pouted right back, which got us both laughing. “We look like fish,” I said. “Like pout-pout fish!” As soon as I said that out loud, it became a story idea. I jotted the idea down and I started writing The Pout-Pout Fish that same day. Years later, I started sending the story …