Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Review: 'Shampooch' by Heather Pindar and Susan Batori

My kids are obsessed with dogs at the moment. Girl Child has gone from being terrified of them to wanting to stroke and talk to almost every one she sees (unless they're off the lead, then she still gets very frightened). Toddler has always loved dogs and squeals with excitement when he sees them!

So I was really happy to receive a copy of the latest picture book from Maverick Children's Books, 'Shampooch'!

Shampooch is a very pampered pup indeed, her owners lavishing all kinds of expensive beautifying treatments on her.

So when they visit the park, she doesn't want to join in the grubby games of the other dogs. But then she gets distracted ...

I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say Shampooch discovers that getting messy can be lots of fun!

This is a really fun book which would definitely appeal to young dog lovers. It would also be a fantastic book to read with little ones who seem anxious about getting messy, to show them it can be fun and that there's more to life than looking smart. My only slight reservation is the negative reactions of the owners, which might put children off getting dirty, but this would be a good talking point for parents to explain when it is and isn't OK to get messy, and why dog owners might react differently to parents (it's easier to take off muddy clothes than it is to clean muddy fur, for instance!).

I really enjoyed reading this book with Toddler, there are lots of brilliant onomatopoeic words that make it lots of fun to read aloud, and he loved looking at all the funny dogs! Yet again, Maverick has delivered a book with appealing and amusing illustrations to complement a witty, wacky and well-crafted story.

DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a copy of this book for review, but all words and opinions are my own.

Linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum and Kids Love To Read #KLTR hosted by Laura's Lovely Blog, BookBairn and Acorn Books.

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  1. This sounds lovely with some good messages behind it. My niece and nephew both love dogs. My younger son went from someone who hated dogs, to a boy who is constantly asking if we can have one!

  2. Aaa my girls are desperate for us to get a dog, currently looking at English bulldogs :) This looks very entertaining with the illustrations alone. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  3. This looks a delightful book for little ones. And I love Shampooch's name. How fab #readwithme

  4. This sounds like an amusing read. One of my favourite childhood stories was What-a-Mess about an Afghan Hound who couldn't stay clean!!


    1. LOVED What-A-Mess!
      Also, have you read 100 Dogs by Michael Whaite? That's a fantastic dog picture book if you haven't, I'd really recommend it

  5. This book looks great and sounds like it is great fun to read too. #Readwithme

  6. What a clever title!! Sounds like a great read! Thanks for linking up with #KLTR

  7. This looks super cute :) I love books with messages in them I think they help children to overcome any issues they may have #KLTR