Review of Poodle and Doodle, by Donna Shepherd

Poodle & Doodle

By Donna Shepherd

Guardian Angel Publishing

Author: Donna J Shepherd
Artist: Jack Foster

PRINT: 978-1-61633-017-0
EBook: 978-1-61633-018-7

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Poodle & Doodle is the delightful new children’s picture book by talented author Donna Shepherd.

The story, told in rhyme, is from Donna’s poodle’s perspective. Our prissy poodle, Angel, isn’t happy, not happy at all, because all of a sudden there’s a new addition to the family: Scruffy, a labradoodle! It’s not only the fact that Scruffy is not a pure poodle like Angel, but that he’s also rude, disorganized, and is always sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Scruffy makes a mess when he eats, looks like a ‘mangy mongrel’ (in Angel’s eyes), gobbles sandwiches off the countertop, and even knocks Angel around with his crazy antics, among other things. Angel is at his wit’s end on what to do. But then she realizes having Scruffy around isn’t so bad after all…

This is a fun, cute story that will delight children of all ages, especially those who love dogs. The artwork, done in the computer in bright, happy colors, complements the book perfectly. It has an important underlying message: nobody's perfect and one must always look at the positive side of people--or dogs! My 12-year old daughter also read it and loved it, and although she’s old now for this type of book, she said: “If I were 5 I would ask you to read it to me every night.” Coming from a child, I think that says a lot.

About Donna Shepherd:

Donna J. Shepherd looks at everyday life and finds God's fingerprints everywhere. A columnist for The Dabbling Mum and NABBW, her articles and poetry have been published in Reminisce Extra, Just Between Us, Guideposts for Kids, Wee Ones, and more. Her devotionals and stories appear in Daily Grace for Women (Honor Books), Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms (Warner Books), and The Best Grandma in the World (Howard Books) to name a few.

Donna's children's book,
Topsy Turvy Land (Hidden Pictures Publishing, July 2005) has been described by one reviewer as "a perfect read for young children." Children's devos, Topsy Turvy Time, are shared monthly on CWAHM.

Her book,
Ouch! Sunburn!(Guardian Angel Publishing), contains snappy rhymes along with 15 colorful and fun illustrations by Kevin Scott Collier, and helps children see the need to protect their skin in the sun. Sun Safety Tips in the back of the book reinforce the book's theme.

No More Gunk (Guardian Angel Publishing), short, playful rhymes and Kevin Scott Collier’s humorous illustrations help children learn in a fun way the importance of proper dental hygiene. Tooth Tips in the back of the book encourage children to take care of their teeth.

Her newest book, Dotty's Topsy Tale, tackles the subject of discrimination.

For the past seventeen years, Donna's husband has pastored an
Assemblies of God church in Ohio. Donna is pursuing a Theology degree. She's the Women's Ministries President, Adult Bible Class Teacher, pianist, singer, and speaker.

Read Sadie's (Donna's labradoodle) interview with my dog, Amigo, on Pets & Their Authors!


Dixie Phillips said…
Awesome review!

I always look forward to hearing about Donna's books.
Nicole weaver said…
Enjoyed reading the review. Great job.
NancyCL said…
Wonderful review for a delightful book!
Good review. I loved that book, too.
Good review. I loved that book, too.
Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.
Kit said…
Looks like a great one, Donna and Kevin what a team.
Connie Arnold said…
Thanks for the great review, Mayra! I love Donna's writing and Kevin's illustrations. My grandchildren enjoy the fun books!
Unknown said…
Thanks for a super review.

Thanks for sharing this important principle with kids, Donna. Your books are helping so many kids.