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H. D. Ronay's Magoo and his Magic Poo is about a cat named Magoo who loves the outdoors and has many animal friends. One day, he stumbled upon a strange place with numerous puppies and dogs in cages, most looking sad and unhealthy. It was a puppy mill run by two heartless human beings responsible for their suffering and neglect. Magoo then decided to use his magical weapon, his foul-smelling magic poo, which has the power to raise the surrounding temperature and whose odor makes people woozy and weak. One human monster was chased away by the first of Magoo's poo bombs, which allowed him to free the caged puppies. When a puppy got stuck, Magoo knew what to do. This time he had to eat prunes to set off another poo explosion. The second bomb was a success, and he was able to drive away the last of the hideous humans and free the puppy. This made Magoo not only a hero to the freed puppies, but he became best friends with two of the runts that he rescued.
There are at least two sensitive topics that H. D. Ronay has covered: the first one is that cat poo is the stinkiest of them all, and the second one is puppy mills and animal abuse. Magoo and His Magic Poo certainly takes a humorous approach to the subjects, and it shows how something unexpected and repulsive can act as a magical lifeline to save defenseless creatures from neglect and harm. Young children will certainly get a kick out of it because the title sounds interesting and funny, and the silly rhymes and humorous illustrations by Michael Harring will catch their attention. The real highlights are the messages that both young and old can appreciate, such as showing concern and compassion for others despite differences, being confident and believing in your abilities, and using those abilities for the benefit of others wherever possible. If you want guaranteed giggles, entertainment, and lessons to learn for your story-time audience, Magoo and His Magic Poo can do it. It is a recommended read.