Children’s Book of the Week: Trout, Trout, Trout (A Fish Chant)
I have a thing for rhyming books, I have a thing for silliness, and I have a thing for lush, colorful illustrations. Trout, Trout, Trout has all three. (I also have a thing for graphic, blocky, brightly-colored illustrations and Ernest-Shepard-style pencil drawings, but those are for another day.) When Henry added Trout, Trout, Trout to the pile in the library, I casually tried to move it to the reject pile. Honestly, it looked kind of annoying. I mean, I like to eat fish, but I really don’t care that much about them in their natural environment. But in the end we brought it home and you know what? I love it. It’s hilarious. This is the basic plot: fish fish fish fish fish. Which is to say, there is no plot. What there is is a kind of alternative cheerleading chant, listing fish, and illustrations that are so animated they look like they are about to start moving. Who knew? I like a book about fish.