Title: Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh!
Author: Sean Taylor
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description: This dog doesn’t want to be carried in a handbag (how embarrassing!) or eat heart-shaped Mini Puppy Treats (I mean, come ON!) and under no circumstances does he ever want to be called … Choochie Pooh! If only his owner understood. All he wants to do is play with the big dogs in the park – chase sticks, jump in muddy puddles and be an ordinary, proper dog.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  He may be small but he is a normal dog. He is not one of those silly, fluffy, frizzly dogs and he does NOT want to be called Choochie Pooh!

This book is so funny I can see so many people relating to this book. The book is a paperback with lovely glossy colourful pages and the story is so fun. Our little dog, we never know its real name, is telling us the story of how its owner doesn’t treat it like a real dog. The owner insists on feeding it cute heart-shaped treats and calls it all kinds of cute names like Choochie Pooh. This poor dog is so embarrassed to be treated in this way, especially when all the other dogs on the street start laughing at it. I won’t giveaway the exact ending, as it’s just too fun and was a lovely surprise to read, but the dog learns that it’s not so bad in the end to be called such names and there’s a fun message of acceptance and friendship in this book.

So many pet owns can relate to this book and I think anyone, no matter what your age, would love to read this book just to see some of the silly names that this poor dog gets called! The whole story is funny and at the same time a lovely ending makes it feel like such perfect feel-good book. The illustrations are really what makes this book.  They match the illustration on the front cover, are very colourful and not only are the pictures of the different dogs in the story all very well done but you see the genuine embarrassment on the dogs face which is both funny and cute.

I’d recommend this book to anyone. Of course it’s aimed at kids but I can’t help but think some adults will enjoy having a quick read too. It’s certainly one picture book I’ve looked at again and again and for anyone with pets it’s certainly something I’m sure you’ll enjoy and relate too. A really fun picture book.

-Review first appeared online February 2017 – now republished here.


What do you think of this book?  Have you ever called a dog or other pet strange/funny names?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂