Poo in the Zoo

Poo in the Zoo

By Author / Illustrator

Steve Smallman, illus Ada Grey



Age range(s)



Little Tiger Press Group




Paperback / softback




"There was tiger poo, lion poo, prickly porcupine poo,
Plummeting giraffe poop that landed with a splat.
Dollops of gnu poo, bouncy kangaroo poo,
A trail of drippy droppings from a fat wombat!"

Zoo Keeper Bob is exhausted. There's too much poo in the zoo - and he's the one who has to scoop it up. Then one day, a mysterious glowing poo appears! Could it be alien poop from outer space? And what on EARTH will Bob do with it?

Perfect for fans of The Dinosaur who Pooped Christmas, children will laugh out loud at this gloriously poopy, funny picture book! Packed with humour, the romping rhyme and deliciously cheeky wordplay is a joy to read aloud. From the author of Dragon Stew, Steve Smallman and illustrator, Ada Grey (Shh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby). If you like this book, then you'll LOVE Cock-a-Doodle-Poo, also by Steve Smallman



Fantastically funny and great fun to read with children. Children will delight in reading all about Poo, especially the magnificent glowing poo!

Poo in the Zoo tells the story of Little Bob McGrew who works as a zoo keeper. Bob loves animals, but his job isn't always fun because he is always picking up poo. Poor Bob, there is so much poo he simply can't keep up. The story lists all types of animals you might find in a zoo, delightfully drawn next to their mound of poo. Until, one day an Iguana escapes from his enclosure and races off to fill his belly with lots of cakes and treats. The Iguana finishes his meal with some fireflies, before suddenly dropping a great big plop of glowing poo on the floor. The visitors to the zoo are delighted with this fascinating glowing poo and news spreads, bringing an answer to Bob's poo problem in the form of poo collector, Hector Gloop.

Small children are fascinated by poo! As a childminder, my experience is that the children are always asking to see the contents of their friend's nappy or they get really excited on an outing when we see an animal pooping. To have a book that normalises poo is great. Everyone, all creatures great and small, poo.

The illustrations are detailed with wonderful facial expressions on the animals. This book is perfectly aimed at small children who can follow the story with the large illustrations and detail in the images. The rhythm and rhyme of the book is excellent to get the children excited as they read, shouting out the word POO. An excellent picture book, perfect for sharing together.

Picture book / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish

Suggested Reading Age 3+


An entertaining and engaging read for children aged under seven years. The rhyming pattern is a little tricky at first, so the book is better being read by an adult to a child or class, rather than being read by a child of the targeted age.

The main character, Bob McGrew is a lovely character and despite being a zookeeper is definitely relatable to animal-loving children. The story line is funny and amusing, and the children loved looking at all the different types of poos throughout the story. The illustrations definitely add to the story, the children particularly liked the picture of the iguana when he saw his luminous poo! Overall, a great read that children will find hilarious!

Picture book / Reviewed by Ashley Clayton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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