It’s all about poo…when Netmums met McFly

dinosaur that pooped the pastNetmums web editor Tara Champness had a brilliant start to her week when she got to hang out with those lovely McFly boys, Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, promoting their new kids’ book, The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past.

Here she tells us all about her time with the McFly boys.


I haven’t met too many celebrities in my life, so my heart was pounding as I knocked on the door of a London hotel room to interview McFly boys Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter about their new book, The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past.


I’m greeted by a dinosaur, which helps calm my nerves a bit, after all, that’s quite funny, and, while I’m obviously a little flustered, the boys are absolutely lovely and make me feel at ease right from the beginning.

From the off, Tom admits he’s got the sniffles, ‘It’s annoying having a cold,’ he says, ‘because I just want to kiss and cuddle Buzz, and it’s hard to stay away from him’. Ahhh – we love this doting dad (his From bump to Buzz video was a real hit with Netmums and his wedding song has had more than 14 million hits on YouTube).

Despite the cold, and being a new dad to a 5 month old, Tom looks very well indeed, as does bandmate Dougie. I ask at this point if Tom uses Netmums ­- he nods and says his wife is always going online to look stuff up when it comes to tips and advice.

McFly boys

I’m intrigued about why the guys started writing kids’ books before children were on the horizon for either of them, ­mainly, they tell me, it’s because they’re kids at heart themselves, and of course, writing books is a bit like songwriting.

Tom’s a mad fan of Christmas so that was a key inspiration for the first book, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas. He tells me he loves Christmas so much in fact he once had a Christmas­ themed birthday party in July. Dougie says it was a funny night ­- he left the party feeling ‘festive, but also sweaty!’. The dinosaur thing could well have come from Dougie’s love of lizards…he has a green iguana, he calls his ‘baby’. Awwwww.

dinosaur that pooped the past

When it comes to writing the books, the guys will text and email ideas to each other, but then get together to write the final words, and have loads of ideas for pictures by the time they meet with illustrator Garry Parsons.

There’s been plenty of progression in the books too, Dougie’s keen to point out. In the first one, Dinosaur was still a stranger to main character Danny, but by the third installment, he’s living with Danny and Granny. And there are three new cute little ‘Dino dudes’ in the latest one, too.

So what books were the boys into growing up? For Tom, definitely Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Dougie liked Dogger about a little boy who loses his favourite cuddly toy dog. We bond over this because it’s my three ­year­ old daughter’s favourite book at the moment, too.

Dougie loved the book 'Dogger' as a child

Dougie loved the book ‘Dogger’ as a child

When I ask if there are any plans for a musical -­ it makes sense, the guys are great musicians and storywriters – ­they seem to think this could be a good plan. How about a theme park? ‘You could have log flumes’; says Dougie cheekily. Poop? Log flumes? Get it? Euuwwww!

What comes across from meeting Tom and Dougie is how really into these books they are, how creative they are, what good friends they are and how open they are.

Tom loves telling me about how the midwives couldn’t quite get their heads around the fact he called his little boy Buzz, and Dougie seems to really like my daughter’s name when I tell him it’s Bodhi -Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break. He says if he has a boy he’s going to call it ‘Steve’ – because that’s a funny name for a baby. It kind of is.

As for the book itself, I love it. The pictures are cute and really colourful, it’s rhyming and there’s not too much text on each page so it’s perfect for bedtime story material.

And the fact it’s a real labour of love that’s been written by two of the nicest guys you could possibly meet is a bonus.

It deserves to McFly off the shelves…Swoon.



We have a signed copy of the new book ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past’ to giveaway and also 5 bundles of all three dino books by the boys to giveaway too. To enter, simply leave a comment, telling us what your favourite book was as a child and from all comments received by midnight on 31st August we will pick out the lucky winners. Usual Netmums terms and conditions apply.



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128 Responses to It’s all about poo…when Netmums met McFly

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – I read my copy to my children too so a very well recycled classic book x

  2. My best book was Lucie Atwell Stories

  3. ALL of the Funny Bones books! Adored them. Re-purchased for Mr Eli for when he’s a bit older. He’s mostly into Dinosaur’s at the minute too! Can’t leave the house without a bag of them! He’d absolutely LOVE this bundle!

  4. Victoria Savill says:

    I loved Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

  5. Paula Worthy says:

    Its a book called 5 Naughty Kittens, not very well known but a classic that I now love sharing with my son. Each time I read it, I can hear my Dad who sadly passed away not so long ago. The book is a ladybird hardback and although is almost 40 years old, I’m hoping it will be in our family for many years to come.

  6. Cathy White says:

    My favourite was Each Peach Pear Plum. I loved it and always loved finding the characters in the book.

  7. Rachel Minshull says:

    It has to be Charlotte’s Web. Lovely story and I have passed my copy of the book on to my 6 year old son – my copy is 30+ years old!

  8. Rebecca Vatougios says:

    I loved all the Roald Dahl books, especially Revolting Rhymes!
    Yet to read these books with my children so would love to win them

  9. Mags Stirling says:

    Janet and John books, which shows my age!!!

  10. Devn Starkey -Jones says:

    Dr Seuss books!! 🙂 x

  11. Enid blytons books loved them. Never had a favourite as read all

  12. sandra says:

    The Tiger who came to Tea – all perfectly plausible when you your young. After all why wouldn’t a tiger come knocking at your door for something to eat!!!

  13. Carrie Lloyd Hill says:

    My fave book as a child and I still enjoy it as an adult reading it to my kids is “we are going on a bear hunt”.

  14. Sarah says:

    My favourite book as a child was the hungry caterpillar. It’s now my little boys favourite book to be read at bedtime 🙂 x

  15. Dawn says:

    George’s marvellous medicine. Loved it. Now read it to my kids

  16. Julia M says:

    Hard to pick a favourite between The Hungry Caterpillar, Funnybones and Meg & Mog but if I had to pick one then think it’s got to be The Hungry Caterpillar.

  17. Tori Edwards says:

    Burglar Bill 📖📚was my all time favourite. I once scared the life out of my mom pretending to be a burglar with my torch in the middle of the night. 🔦

  18. Paula Dickinson says:

    My favourite books were the Enid Blyton collection

  19. Alison kearley says:

    Bad Belinda Bee was my favourite book. All about a naughty bee who eventually died because she was very bad and stung someone! Haha!!!

  20. littlebeffy says:

    My favourite book growing up was ‘A Sow called Soda’. My dad used to read it to me every single night before bed and I used to find it hilarious when the giant pig would tip everyone into the water trough. My dad read it to my older brother and sister too and now reads it to my 2 year old daughter when she stays at nanny and grandad’s and she adores it too 🙂 So it’s become a sort of tradition in our family 😀

  21. Shona Angus says:

    I loved all of the Famous Five series! 🙂

  22. Merrilees Blackwell says:

    My favourite book as a child was the jolly postman series. I loved reading all the different letters. I still have them now and can’t wait to share them with my son ☺

  23. littlebeffy says:

    My favourite book growing up was ‘A Sow called Soda’. My dad would read it to me every night before bed and I used to find it hilarious when the giant pig would tip everyone into the water trough. My dad also read the book to my older brother and sister and now even reads it to my 2 year old daughter and she absolutely adores it 🙂 so you could say it’s become sort of a tradition in our family 😀

  24. laura clark says:

    My favourite book when I was a child was peepo and my mum has bought it for my little boy too xx

  25. Jo Gibbons says:

    I love all the books everyone has already mentioned. As a kid i read and read, I also remember Stig of the Dump, The Demon Headmaster, famous Five, Secret Seven and Nancy Drew…

  26. Melanie Martin says:

    My favourite book was ‘The tiger that came to tea’ I loved the illustrations in this book and was slightly bemused at a tiger raiding all the food 😃

  27. stuart worsey says:

    Ronald Dahl fantastic Mr fox. Wonderful story and now my son is the right age I have been lucky enough to read it to him and have the pleasure all over again. He knows its my favourite, and one evening when I went to bed I noticed that he had left it for me on my bed side table, just melted my heart.

  28. carla says:

    My fave was The Secret Garden…still is!!!

  29. Danielle Rankine says:

    Mine was the Kipper range of books x

  30. MammaGC says:

    My favourite book growing up was Matilda -by Roald Dahl – it made reading cool. A child so clever she had the upper hand 🙂

  31. chelsea brooks says:

    My favourite as a child was beauty and the beast. My favourite now is a book my kids love called “me” cant remember who wrote it but its about a baby penguin. X

  32. Katy says:

    Matilda by Roald Dahl. I sooooo wanted to have her magic power!
    But when smaller, it was Dogger, and my three (and a half!) year old also loves it now.

  33. Layla Wake says:

    The jolly postman!

  34. Tracey Hilton says:

    I so completely loved Enid Blytons Far Away Tree. It was magical to me and I read it many times ♥

  35. samara thayer says:

    My favourite book as child tiger came to tea

  36. Caroline Smith says:

    My favourite books was the Mog the Cat books because she looked a lot like our tabby cat so I used to imagine that our cat had the same thoughts as Mog! I now read the same books to my daughters and they love them too!

  37. Helen Anthony says:

    Princess and the pea

  38. Helena says:

    My favourite book was A Mouse’s Diary 🙂

  39. Helen Aitken says:

    Charlottes web was my favourite book. I was taught to read using it

  40. Samantha Tsang says:

    I absolutely loved ‘The Animals of Farthing Wood’ stories. They made me love all animals which I’ve now passed on to my two year old daughter!

  41. Lesley roberts says:

    My favourite book as a child was “funny bones”.
    A real good book, that I enjoyed my mum reading to me, then when I was a bit older, reading to her.
    Definitely a classic for me and now that I have my own children and also work with them I still enjoy reading it to them too!!!!!

  42. Michelle says:

    My favourite books were the Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels – I loved collecting each new one. I couldn’t get enough of reading. I am encouraging my 15 month old twins to follow me in my love of reading – they loved me reading the dinosaur that pooped Christmas to them everyday leading up to last Christmas 🙂

  43. Lisa h says:

    My favourite was big foot and the Hendersons, my sons is crazy about dinosaurs he would love this book!!!!

  44. karen mitchell says:

    Secret Seven and Famous five. In fact I read them all again when I turned 40 to enjoy them again and relive my childhood.

  45. tracyknixon says:

    I love Mog the cat!

  46. Alexa Schoolar says:

    Matilda by Roald Dahl…read it so many times and now it’s on my kids’ bookshelf.

  47. lisa says:

    I loved Cock Robin’s Garden

  48. asheigh says:

    Alfie by Shirley hughes

  49. Gillian says:

    I loved the Meg and Mog books when I was little and still have one which I read to my 2 little boys now (I’m 37 so it has survived amazingly well!!) The ‘new’ versions that they sell now are virtually unchanged from the version I have, which I think is amazing & a real credit to the author & illustrator 🙂 x

  50. Kirsten Barthy says:

    Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren

  51. Rosalind Sargent says:

    I loved all the Enid Blyton books, my favourite was the famous five series I still have them all and share them with my children

  52. Aimee Swift says:

    the jolly postman and other people’s letters

  53. Samantha Wheeler says:

    From being a small child, I loved Funnybones and then growing up I loved The Secret Garden. Now I love reading all of them to my little girl 🙂

  54. For me it has to be “Five Children and It” by E. Nesbit, which my aunt gave me one Christmas. First published in 1900, it has never been out of print since. It’s a fantastic tale about a Psammead, which the children find in a gravel pit, which was once the seashore, already reflecting Britain’s changing shoreline. This was a time when children could go and explore all by themselves.

  55. emma turkentine says:

    Definitely Peepo by Janet and Allen Alberg. My son loves this book too!

  56. Victoria Hadlow says:

    Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz. Very dark for a kids book and funny.

  57. Toni says:

    My dad used to read me Miffy books. Although he was too lazy to sit through the whole thing so would skip pages. It used to wind my sister up so much!!! My daughter loves these dinosaur books. So glad the boys have made another! 🙂 xx

  58. i was into sweet valley high!

  59. Diane Wood says:

    As an avid reader I don’t think I could single out one book, so hopefully an author will do, I loved Enid Blyton, especially Malory Towers

  60. Sarah Prightingale says:

    My favourite book as a child was Dogger too! My mum and I both knew it off by heart 🙂

  61. Hazel Christopher says:

    The Magic Faraway Tree was always my favourite, I read it over and over.

  62. The tiger that came to tea was fab 🙂

  63. Rachael G says:

    I really liked the Magic Faraway Tree series.

  64. Maine Blue says:

    A book called ‘The King & The Ghost’ which I can’t find anywhere now

  65. mummymoore13 says:

    I loved “The Magic Faraway Tree”! Great series of books! Xxx

  66. mummymoore13 says:

    “The Magic Faraway Tree”. Great series! Xxx

  67. Gina Castle says:

    My favourite book as a child was “The wonderful world of Jillian Jiggs”.

  68. Danielle says:

    I think mine has to be the secret garden….my nan always said I was just like the little girl.

  69. Louise Sargent says:

    My favorite book is the tiger who came for tea, I love that story, even reading it to my chiildren i have very fond memories of it

  70. Helen says:

    Jillian Jiggs – arguably the best book ever (except for ‘the dinosaur who pooped’ books of course …)
    My mum always said it was based on me (“jillian jillian jillian jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!” Etc). I still have it and read it to my daughter, although I firmly believe the book is actually based on her, even if she was but a twinkle in my eye when the book was published…

  71. katie howell says:

    My favourite books as a child were the meg and mog series as I learnt to read with them

  72. Kerry Ball says:

    Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes & Funny Bones!

  73. Claire Allcock says:

    My favourite book as a child was The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe! It was full of adventure, magic and mystery! Loved it (eventhough I cried when Aslan died 😦 ) My daughter loves it too! We love reading together! Quality Mummy & Daughter time 😀

  74. Laura mayo says:

    My favourite was my huge Winnie the Pooh treasury (which I still have and it has been passed onto my son!) x

  75. catherine plant says:

    the secret seven series by enid blyton I scoured books shops looking for them all.

  76. Bryony Braschi says:

    The piggy in the puddle, which I still know by heart and read to my kids.

  77. christine says:

    I loved all the famous five books

  78. Josie Roberts says:

    My favourite was The Teddy Robber by Ian Beck 🙂 my dad read it to me so many times that I could recite it from memory before I could actually read!

  79. I had two favourites has a child -Matlida and Flat stanley

  80. laura says:

    conkers bonkers and were going on a bear hunt

  81. Emma Tilley says:

    Loved all my Ladybird fairy tales! Now collecting them again for my daughters!!!!

  82. Barbara Handley says:

    The Rockingdown Mystery by Enid Blyton

  83. Hutch2 says:

    The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

  84. The Tale Of Squirrel Nutkin…or infact any of the Beatrix Potter books!

  85. rummy87 says:

    Push the dog. Allan alburg even read it to my kids and make the sound affects my mam used to do for me when reading. X

  86. Sylvia Wright says:

    My favourite books were Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven which definitely shows my age. Would love to win these to read to my grandson

  87. sylwright says:

    favourite books for me were The Secret Seven, used to love reading them. Would love to win these to read to my grandson

  88. Tracy Newton says:

    I loved James and The Giant Peach. At the moment I am reading Superworm to my toddler, several times a day.

  89. Nicola Mayell says:

    I loved Enid Blyton as a child – from the ‘Wishing chair’ to Mallory Towers! I always thought the idea of boarding school sounded such fund, and would have loved to be Daryl!! Nowadays Hogwarts sounds even better!!! 🙂

  90. Sandra says:

    Am I allowed a second favourite???
    The ORIGINAL Mr Men series collected from when I was young Still have them and some of them only cost 30p!!!

  91. Linda Macdonald says:

    The Secret Garden is my all time favourite children’s book.

  92. Rebecca Hepden-Barker says:

    I loved to read…. The naughtiest girl in school stories, I also went dressed as her for a book day once 🙂

  93. Hazel Wright says:

    I really loved Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss! All the books are fab but this one is particularly brilliant to read.

  94. Sarah Shaw says:

    I adored charlottes web as a child! Read it so much the spine broke! Xx

  95. Lucy Robinson says:

    Enid Blyton. The Faraway Tree. x

  96. Sarah T says:

    The hungry caterpillar. It’s now my little girls favorite too!

  97. Tammy Tudor says:

    When you give a mouse a cookie

  98. My favourite book as a child was Each Peach Pear Plum.
    I also love reading it to my children now.

  99. Natasha M says:

    I used to love the tiger who came to tea & amazingly my children do too!

  100. Favourite book to read to my kids.
    Guess how much I love you

  101. Sarah Robinson says:

    The hungry caterpillar

  102. Clare mcghie says:

    Ronald Dahl books and ‘A Little Princess’ 😪

  103. Clare mcghie says:

    Haha not Ronald Dahl – Roald! Blooming autocorrect!

  104. Catherine says:

    Milly Molly Mandy by Enid Blyton, especially the story where she had to choose new material for her dress. Love reading them now to my daughter.

  105. Jessica Low says:

    Sooo difficult to choose just one….. I have very good memories of both The Hungry Caterpillar and The Elephant and the Bad Baby. I read them to my boys now.

  106. Nicola Biven says:

    Ivy Cottage by E J Taylor, it was about two ragdolls who came to life and I was memorised with it !

  107. Sarah Morris says:

    This is so difficult to answer as I loved to read as a kid, the ones that stand out are anything by Enid Blyton (they took me to magical worlds or midnight feasts in boarding schools), Carries War, The Secret Garden and Charlottes Web.

  108. Carol Bell says:

    Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. Great Adventures!

  109. Solange says:

    The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

  110. Keshia Esgate says:

    I loved Meg and Mog and the Mr Men books

  111. emmav6 says:

    i had a victoria plum book i used to spend hours looking at

  112. joddie harvey says:

    Mine were the Roald Dahl books, especially the BFG and Matilda 🙂

  113. Rosalind Blight says:

    has to be matilda

  114. Kelly Hooper says:

    I loved all the faraway tree books

  115. Gill Mitchell says:

    Enid Blyton’s The Far Away Tree. Whenever we went to forests I used to look for the tallest tree and see if I could see Moonface and friends 😀

  116. shell says:

    The BFG

  117. Alison Clark says:

    I know its a bit in advance but my all time favorite was The night before christmas . loved it all those years ago and still do !

  118. mrshall2b says:

    all of the Roald Dahl books, or the goosebumps books, i had a goosebumps book where you had to follow the instructions at the bottom of each page rather than reading front to back! it was amazing.

  119. Helen Atkins says:

    I loved all the Enid Blyton books, Secret Seven was my all time favourite

  120. sweetpea65 says:

    I used to love the Teddy Robinson stories

  121. Tiffany Oconnell says:

    Funny bones!

  122. claire griffiths says:

    i loved all of roald dahl book i loved matilda best

  123. Zara says:

    The Jolly Postman

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