Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Birthday to The Pout-Pout Fish! ...and a book giveaway

On March 18, 2008, the book The Pout-Pout Fish swam into existence.

To celebrate Mr. Fish's fourth birthday, I'm giving away four signed copies of The Pout-Pout Fish.

To enter the drawing for one of the four copies, just leave a comment on this blog post.  You don't have to say anything particular in your comment, but if your comment includes a list of four things bookish (for example, "Four Things I Like About Books" or "Four Books That Have Changed My Life" or "Four Book Characters I'd Love To Have Dinner With" or "Four Books My Kids Love" or even "Four Books I Could Do Without"), I'll enter your name into the hat four times, thus increasing your odds of winning.

If you're a winner, I can sign the book for you or for a recipient of your choice.  I'll ship the book within three weeks of receiving name and shipping info (probably sooner - but I just want to cushion the timetable in case anything wacky comes up).  I'd prefer to keep my shipping to U.S. addresses.

I'll pick the winners on March 26, so you have until midnight March 25th to enter.

In the meantime, copied and pasted below, here's a re-run of a blog post Mr. Fish (that is, The Pout-Pout Fish himself!) wrote for this blog three years ago, on his first birthday.  It's a "25 Random Things About Mr. Fish" post.

I hope you enjoy getting to know Mr. Fish a little bit better on his birthday!

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A big "Hello!" to the above-water-world from yours truly, Mr. Fish!

I’m grateful to Debbie for giving me this birthday present of a guest-blogger spot on Jumping The Candlestick. Very timely, too, because just last week Ms. Clam tagged me for the “25 Random Things About Me” meme.

So here goes, with 25 Random Things About Mr. Fish:

1. I can hold my breath above water for 1 minute and 2 seconds.

2. In high school, I was known as the Class Frown.

3. My favorite human is Jacques Cousteau.

4. For karaoke night, I always sing “I am the very model of the modern major general…” but I substitute the word “blub” for all the lyrics. Blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub blub!

5. When I was much younger, I wanted to grow up to be a Flying Fish, so I could fly to the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon.

6. I’ve never harbored a desire to drive the bus. I would, however, like to drive the sub.

7. Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine I’m a giant whale, but instead of a spout I blow water out my nose.

8. My birthday is March 18, which makes me a Pisces. I prefer not to tell you how old I am, but I was born in the Year of the Rat. I really wish there was a Year of the Fish.

9. Book I faked reading: The Old Man and The Sea.

10. I used to believe biology was destiny, but a certain shimmery friend of mine has caused me to reconsider that position.

11. I don’t mean to brag, but I can mambo like nobody’s business.

12. Sometimes I swim upside-down and speak backwards, like this: “Sehsif Tseb.”

13. I love card games, except “Go Fish,” which gives me the heebie-jeebies.

14. I do a spot-on imitation of Garrison Keillor. “That’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the swimmers are strong, all the fish are good-looking, and all the minnows are above average.”

15. My least favorite day of the week is “Fry-Day.”

16. I once ordered some Sea Monkeys from the back of a comic book, and they ended up being nothing but Brine Shrimp.

17. My favorite made-up words are “fin-tastic” and “fish-arrific.”

18. Someday I’d like to travel to Australia to find Nemo.

19. I’m a little bit scared of the dark.

20. I collect bottle caps. I’ve got 14,812 of them, but 14,804 are buried under the sand.

21. Once, on a dare, I fin-wrestled a shark.

22. I play slide trombone. I’ve got a great embouchure, but a limited note range.

23. I prefer boxers to briefs, though I don’t know what either one of them are.

24. At night, when it’s very quiet in the ocean, I like to lie on my back and count the star fish.

25. I don’t pout nearly as much as I used to.

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And now, back to Debbie... 

Happy birthday, Mr. Fish.  It's been a great four years!


Anonymous said...

Four (4) things I love about books: (1) Reading a book to children is a great way to bond with them; (2) Reading a child a bedtime story is a great way to get them into bed; (3) Books take you to places you may never be able to visit in one lifetime; (4) Reading books make you a more interesting person. Signed, Rachel Day (Find me on Facebook)

Susan Bearman said...

Happy birthday to the Pout-Pout Fish. Four books that changed my life (or at least broadened my love of reading) as a child, and that I have loved to share with my own children:

"A is for Annabelle" by Tasha Tudor
"From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg
Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst

There are so many others, so I won't say these are my favorites, but they're among the top 100.

Monica Veronice said...

The four things I love about (picture) books: 1) Reading them (2) Writing them (3)Finding inspiration in the success of other writer/illustrators (4)Hoping to enjoy some success myself some day.

Thanks and Happy Birthday!

Jennifer Rumberger said...
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Jennifer Rumberger said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Fish! Four PB authors I love: Debbie Diesen, Kelly DiPucchio, Tammi Sauer and Lisa Wheeler. What a fun giveaway! :)

Randy Bulla said...

You shouldn't pout on your Birthday, Pout-PoutFish! Just be happy that you have another Birthday to celebrate!
(mine's this Saturday)

Mindy said...

Yeah Pout Pout Fish! I love both Pout Pout books. They are our favorites and I was a very vocal fan at my son's preschool book fair that I chaired last week.

Here is my list:

Four Things I Love That Pout Pout Fish Has Brought Into My Life:

-Both of my kids, first my son and now my daughter, grab Pout Pout Fish, motion for me to sit and then back up into my lap so I can read it to them. That is one of my favorite things.

-The silly voices I get to use when I read each of the fish. I think I'm the best at the clam.

-Kissing my kiddos all over when I read, "So I'll smooch and I'll smooch and I'll smooooooch!" I love their giggles.

-For the last four months, my toddler says, "Blub, blub, blub" when she wants to hear Pout Pout Fish. Blub was one of her first words, but I'm the only one who recognized it. The first time she did this to my husband, he was putting her to bed and got frustrated with her because he didn't know what she wanted and finally told her to stop saying "Blub." He later asked me what she wanted and felt awful when I told him she wanted Pout Pout.

And, one more to grow on, because I love this, too, the way my son says "I'm afraid of the dark" in a silly voice when we read Pout Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. Oh, and, I love that my son STILL points out and laughs that the jelly fish is in a jar of peanut butter.

Thanks for creating Pout Pout and bringing so much fun into our lives.

Booklady said...

I was fortunate to recieve an autographed copy last year. I love Mr. Fish. I'll be celebrating Children's Book Week again this year, but at a different school from last year. I'd love to have a copy to give away during our celebrations.

Four things I love about children's author/illustrators and their books.
1.) They know just the way to engage a child's imagination.
2.) They help transport children to places all over the world.
3.) They make learning fun.
4.) They create a fun/magical world where children can have all sorts of adventures.

Beverly aka Booklady

Kiviex said...

I would love to give a signed copy of this to my nephews! And I would be the first one to read it to them.

Debbie Diesen said...

Thanks, everyone, for entering! I'll be doing the drawing this evening and will post the winners either this evening or by tomorrow evening at the latest. Then I'll be in touch directly with the winners to find out inscription details, etc. Thanks again!