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The Octonauts and the Frown Fish: & the Frown Fish Hardcover – Oct 1 2008

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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Immedium (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597020141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597020145
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1 x 29 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Octonauts & the Frown Fish is the third installment in a series of picture books created by the Vancouver/L.A.-based design duo Meomi, whose trendy Pokemon-meets-Brueghel-meets-Hello Kitty sensibility has made their commercial work a worldwide success. Meomi describes the Octonauts as “a team of eight adorable undersea explorers (including a brainy octopus, a big-hearted penguin and a daredevil kitten) who are always ready for new and exciting voyages.” This time out, they discover a “Frown Fish,” whose dolour, worrisomely, is starting to rub off on other sea creatures. The team tries a variety of methods to cheer up the Frown Fish.... The charm of this narrative and the considerable achievement of  Meomi’s meticulous artwork are undermined by a number of factors. The whimsical  illustrations, relying heavily on pastels and eschewing true blacks  and whites, lack depth, and fail to draw the reader’s eye around the page, resulting in a barrage of competing information. Overall, the  book’s perfect gradients and unerringly smooth lines lack any real  warmth or idiosyncrasy – which makes it hard to identify with  the undeniably cute, but generally expressionless, characters. One has to assume, also, that the authors did not try reading aloud such awkward invented terms such as “clamcapella group” or “sea horchestra.” In the end, we’re left with the sense that Meomi is more concerned with pleasing its design audience than its child readers. This is a book to be admired, not loved.


Too many children's books talk down to kids, thinking that talking on their level equates to dropping IQ points. It’s refreshing to read THE OCTONAUTS & THE FROWN FISH, a smart and entertaining kids book…it’s fun and teaches a lesson to look past the exterior and appreciate what’s inside. Comic book readers looking to get their kids into graphic storytelling early will want to seek out this one. Nice bed time story reading, this one is. --Ain’t It Cool News

Good news from the world of awesome things! Meomi’s new book is out: The Octonuats and the Frown Fish! The Octonaut books are adorable, clever, and visually sumptuous. I always recommend them to young and old(er) alike! --Treehouse Jukebox

The third book in "The Octonauts" series is once again full of colourful and engaging illustrations...The characters display characteristics to which young children can relate – concern for the feelings of others, seeing the value in simple pleasures, using technology, and appreciating one's friends. An important lesson is taught about caring for the feelings of others. How often do we act without taking into account how others will feel about our actions? How often do we care about others who appear to be sad? Many conflicts could be avoided if we just paid more attention to the feelings of others. Although the book appeals to young children, it has a wry sense of humour which will also appeal to adult readers...All in all, the book engages the readers through its visual appeal!...This book could be used as a read aloud for children at home and with students in primary classrooms. Meomi's story will inspire discussion about issues as far ranging as: underwater creatures, happiness, sadness, feelings, music, and reading. Recommended. --Canadian Review of Materials

This is the third edition in the Octonauts series and yet again the colors are right on point. The cast of colorful characters are on another deep blue adventure, this time to help out the frown fish have a little fun. Each page is a treat for any color lover as the book is full of color cuteness of soft yet vibrant palettes, and the wonderful compositions and styling we've come to expect from the Meomi team's illustrations. --Colour Lovers

"it not only is filled with illustrations of cute stylized sea creatures, but the story itself is very appealing to young readers...For designers, illustrators and those in the media industry, this is a keepsake with its lovely illustration for reference and also educational purpose. Every page is filled with endearing soft sweet colors and there is not a single space that has no colors. For parents, this is suitable for young kids to get started on adventure and exciting stories, building up curiosity about science, biology and not to forget that inquisitive mind of a young reader for detective-styled storyline. You'll be surprised if you discover a little Sherlock Holmes in the making. All in all, the storyline is simply done, the illustrations are just marvelous and the characters are just adorable and innocent. Would be a good gift for this coming Christmas. --All About Kawaii

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This is number three of the original books that inspired the TV show and it differs to what you get on the show. This one is quirky and fictional, rather than focusing on real places and sea-creatures.

The Octonauts are alerted when a very glum looking fish comes into view on their video monitors. While Professor Inkling investigates the fish's origins in order to help him, the others attempt to cheer the little fish. They take him to fun places ending at a playground with a merry-go-round where things go topsy-turvy...

This story is so much fun, and it made my kids laugh. They rotated the book several times to suit the orientation of the illustrations and text, and this added to their interest.

With the discovery of the Frown Fish's origins, the kids started the book again and looked at it from a different perspective. During the subsequent reads of the book, I notice them examining each page longer, knowing what they now know...

The illustrations are gorgeous throughout the book and they are packed with details you may miss the first time, and pick up on the second and subsequent readings. The colours are so pretty and bright, and there is a clever play on words in the illustrations that older readers appreciate.

We laughed in delight to see Kwazii, a male, dressed in a fairy dress and speaking of "being glamorous." Until the age of 5 my son loved dressing up in his sister's fairy dresses. Kwazii normalised the fairy dress phase - which my son has since outgrown. I think originally Kwazii was a female character and this changed for the TV show.

As with the first 2 books, there is a double meaning/moral to this story, and it prompted great discussions between my kids.
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By stef on Jan. 5 2014
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We have a huge octonaut fan in our house-our 5 year old daughter- and this book is probably one of her favourites.
It's beautifully illustrated of course, all the meomi books are, detailed! colourful and so fun to look at. Each page is gorgeous. The story here is a fish that is frowning and the octonauts so different things trying to get the fish to smile, when it turns out that it's an upside down fish! My husband and I love that the books are all based on real sea creatures so our daughter learns from them.
I recommend this one!
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Octonauts books and T.V. episodes are colourful and appealing to young children. The various animals and vegimals work as a team to protect and help the ocean creatures. They each have special jobs and talents in order to do this. The adventures are exciting but not scary. Children learn about creatures in the sea and get a sense of how to co-operate with others, while respecting and appreciating their differences.
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By LuckyDuck on Jan. 28 2013
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My 3 year old son loves everything Octonauts. We read an Octonauts book every single night and his vocabulary is getting better and better. He has even memorized some of the books. His favourite was Sea of Shade, but I think The Frown Fish is quickly becoming his new favourite. Excellent books from a Canadian team, super!
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By Lora Anna Lok on May 28 2014
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This is another fabulous Octonauts story: lots of intricate pictures, clever plot that sneaks in learning and excellent wording. It's a great bedtime story.
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