Reviewed by David Savage
Shampooch, written by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Susan Batori, is the story about an overly pampered dog and the effects it has on her.
Shampooch is very pampered, all neat and pristine with silky fluffy fur and a diamante collar, but when her owners take her to the park to play, she doesn’t want to join in with the other dogs as the fear of getting dirty is just too great. Shampooch is very aloof and doesn’t want to play with the other dogs, they are playing in the smelly bins, rolling through mud and chasing rabbits, although they are having lots of fun.
While wandering through the park on her own, she spies something beautiful and just as she starts to look she is knocked down the hill and her day changes, but is it or better or worse?
Overall, this is a great story that delivers a very gentle message of not judging others by their look and how opening up to new experiences can be so much fun.
It has been beautifully illustrated, showing Shampooch in all her pampered glory and will appeal to boys and girls.
It is, for the most part, easy to read. There are some nonsense words in the form of the dogs names (Shampooch, Wagsy McBone, Woof-Whiffily and Sniffy Bottingham) which are great for children learning phonics as it forces children to put their phonics skills to work and sound out the words.
The only small negative is that when I is used it does look like a lower case j and is confusing for younger readers, I know I had to take a second look.
An amusing dog story that children will love to read. At 32 pages long, it is a perfect bedtime story.
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.