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Literature / Achoo!

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Achoo! is a kids' book by Mij Kelly, using the Suzy-Sue character from Have You Seen My Potty? and A Bed of Your Own!.

In it, Suzy-Sue sneezes without covering her mouth. The animals take offence at this and teach her how to politely sneeze, along with other etiquette tips.

They also bathe the dog, teach the pigs to avert Gluttonous Pig and Messy Pig, and teach the cats not to fight. This causes a conflict, however, as the cats were only playing tug-of-war and the rest don't like how the cow spoke to them.

This book provides examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal:
    • The goat wears a collar.
    • When the pigs are being taught table manners, they wear bibs.
  • An Aesop: This book is meant to teach children about manners.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. Six cats appear to be fighting, but they're only playing tug-of-war.
  • Civilised Animal: Taken quite literally. The animals may live on a farm, but they also eat at a table, read, and care an awful lot about dignity.
  • Disease-Prevention Aesop: Downplayed. One of the story's lessons is to cover one's mouth while sneezing, but Suzy-Sue wasn't sick; she only had allergies, and the book is mainly about manners and general and teaches many different lessons.
  • Double Aesop: The cow teaches the others not to be rude, but also learns a lesson in manners herself.
  • Gluttonous Pig: The pigs are seen eating ravenously and messily.
  • Interspecies Friendship: The animals are described as Suzy-Sue's friends.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The cow can be a bit blunt with her descriptions of the other animals' misbehaviour, but she means well.
  • Joke and Receive: The animals hyberbolically wonder if Suzy-Sue was born in a zoo due to having no manners. At the end of the book, it's revealed that she was.
  • Messy Pig: The pigs on the farm are messy eaters and even wallow around in their food.
  • Plot Allergy: The reason Suzy-Sue sneezed and started the plot was because she was allergic to a flower she sniffed. The dog also appears to have hay fever as he's seen with a runny nose but otherwise appears fine.
  • Silent Treatment: The cats threaten to stop speaking to the other animals for breaking their tug-of-war rope.
  • Stink Snub: When the cow starts talking about manners, she claims the dog smells bad, so she and the goat bathe the dog.