cover image The Pout-Pout Fish Undersea Alphabet

The Pout-Pout Fish Undersea Alphabet

Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $12.99 (20p) ISBN 978-1-250-06392-2

Diesen and Hanna identify 26 aquatic creatures, one for each letter of the alphabet, in this board book spin-off of their Pout-Pout Fish series. A good mix of familiar and less-known specimens are included (“I is for Isopod” appears opposite “J is for Jellyfish”), and the occasional touch-and-feel elements include some nifty choices: the lantern hanging from a lantern fish glows in the dark, an octopus’s tentacles are slightly tacky to the touch, and a sea horse’s bulging abdomen suggests a baby bump. Hanna’s goofily charming illustrations continue to entertain, and in case there was any question: P is absolutely for Pout-Pout Fish. Ages 1–4. (Aug.)