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Stinkerton McPoo Goes Exploring


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A hilarious, rollicking adventure about a smelly dog for kids of all ages to enjoy.

I almost scrolled past this book and didn’t pick it up, and boy am I glad I didn’t. This is the perfect example of “don’t judge a book by its title.”

Stinkerton McPoo was inspired by the author’s real dog, Fia. Author Hodgekinson-Soto has crafted a clever and hilarious tale that kids will love. Who doesn’t love a little bathroom humor about a stinky, smelly dog?

The colorful, cartoonish illustrations are eye-catching and kids will love how bright and vibrant they are. The story is written in rhyme and flows easily for adults reading to kids or for young readers to read themselves.

Stinkerton is loved by her family made up of two dads and their two kids. The LGBTQ+ aspect of this is delightful, critically important, but also not in your face. The story stays focused on Stinkerton, but the family is crafted on the author’s own real life family of his husband and two children. Seeing representation in children’s stories is so valuable. Children need to be able to see families that resemble their own, while many others need an opportunity to see loving families that are different then their own as well.

Stinkerton gets out of the gate one day and has a wild adventure around town. From tangling with the Butcher to bumping into the Post Person, Stinkerton causes problems for everyone. They all end up chasing after Stinkerton as she runs away with her stolen sausage links. She even crashes into the classroom of her human siblings.

Stinkerton seems to be causing nothing but chaos, until she hears the cry of a little girl. Her kitten is trapped in the pond. Stinkerton doesn’t think twice before dropping her precious sausages and swimming out to save the kitten.

The lesson I took from this was that despite everyone’s flaws, everyone also has unique talents and gifts to contribute. Everyone can help out in their own unique way. Despite Stinkerton’s smell and her tendency for trouble, she always did the right thing and helped out those who needed it without needing to think twice. She was a great character to read about and I absolutely recommend snagging yourself a copy.

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Daniele's travels have taken her around the world and back again, but her favorite adventures will always be found between the covers of a good book. Daniele loves all things Outlander and Disney and can't grow a garden to save her life.


This is the tale of Stinkerton McPoo.
The finest of dogs and the friendliest too.
Now you may be asking, “But what’s with that name?”
To call a dog Stinkerton seems like a shame.
She’s wonderful company, except for, alas…
Stinkerton suffers from terrible gas!

A wonderful rhyming adventure about a lovable, mischievous, and more-than-slightly-gassy dog named Stinkerton McPoo. In this hilarious and beautifully illustrated book, Stinkerton runs off to have her own adventure, but before long, she soon finds herself in trouble with the entire village chasing after her! How will Stinkerton manage to escape and find her way back home?

About the author

Stephen Hodgkinson-Soto lives in the East Midlands of England. He has been with his husband Antonio since 2009 and they have 2 children ages 8 & 9. Stephen is a first time author and wants to help parents create that special moment to connect with their children through books. view profile

Published on September 07, 2021

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0-1000 words

Genre: Picture Books

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