“Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh!” What Nicknames Do You Give Your Pets?

Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh!” is a fun children’s book about a little dog whose owner has creative nicknames for her dog, such as “Oopsie Boopsie Choochie Pooh” and “Ickle Pickle Woof Woof.”  The dog is so embarrassed by these names.  Although he is small, he is not silly or dumb.  He is also mortified that his owner gives him mini heart shaped treats. But the last straw is when she carries him in her handbag.  He is miserable; but she carries him to the park where other dogs are playing.  One of the dogs invites him to join in and he has a wonderful time. When playtime is over, the owners call for their dogs, and, you guessed it, they all have funny nicknames, such as “Hunky Punky Pumpkin Bottom.”  Not only is this book just fun, it is also a teaching opportunity — dogs just want to do normal dog things and all our families usually have a way of embarrassing us.

The author, Sean Taylor, is a storyteller and teacher who has written more than twenty books for young children.  The illustrations by Kate Hindley are delightful and detailed.  You can purchase the book here.

My nickname for Orson is simply “Orson Smorson” and for Xuma it is “little girl.”  After reading this book, I believe I need to come up with something better.  What nicknames have you given your pets?

DON’T CALL ME CHOOCHIE POOH! Text Copyright © 2016 by Sean Taylor. Illustrations Copyright © by Kate Hindley Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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