Friday, January 15, 2010

Woo Hoo!!!!

YAY!!! Poodle and Doodle is out!!! My first book! Can you tell I'm excited!!!! It's for sale at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon. Here are a few reviews.---------------------"This charming children’s story in delightful rhyme will amuse every reader as it shows there IS room for more than one dog." - Nancy Carty Lepri, author of Tiny Angel
"Poodle and Doodle is adorable! Donna Shepherd's books are perfect for kids (and moms!) of all ages!" - Jill Hart, co-author of So You Want to Be a Work-At-Home Mom: A Christian's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business,

"Can a poodle with a diva attitude and a Labradoodle without a pedigree really get along? Poodle and Doodle by Donna Shepherd is a perfectly blended tale mixed with just the right touch of humor. The poodle’s discovery that she does not always have to be “top dog” and that being a friend is important, make this book not only a delightful read, but also teaches children valuable life lessons.

This lovely book, adorned with charming illustrations by Jack Foster, is “pawsitively wonderful” and is sure to be enjoyed by both young and old alike." - Dayna Hilton, (Firefighter Dayna) author of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog (saddle stitched)

"With its delightful language and charming illustrations, Poodle and Doodle is a picture book that can be read and enjoyed again and again. The story of how Angel, the "perfect" poodle, adjusts to the intrusion of Scruffy, the Labradoodle, will make both children and adults laugh. Donna Shepherd's clever rhymes bring Angel's personality to life, and Jack Foster's artwork adds to the humor. Hidden bones in many of the illustrations keep things fun for multiple readings. The story entertains while teaching good lessons about friendship and change. Great for both home and school libraries!" - Diana R. Jenkins, author of Stepping Stones: The Comic Collection (Diana's blog: DJ's Thoughts)

"In this heartwarming story from a dog’s point of view, children learn it may be hard to accept a newcomer who’s different—but opposites can become best friends. A delightful read-aloud for any kid who loves dogs." - Liz Ball, author/illustrator of Friends Hidden Treasures: Hidden Picture Puzzles

"Poodle and Doodle by Donna J Shepherd is an adorable picture book about a tiny poodle who is upset when her humans bring home a gigantic labradoodle named Scruffy. At first the dainty little dog is upset by the new dog's clumsiness and lack of manners, but eventually she realizes living with Scruffy has advantages.

The book is told in rhyme that's comfortable and not artificially forced, unlike some rhyming picture books I've seen. The colorful illustrations by Jack Foster are perfect portrayals of the cute and amusing story. Poodle and Doodle would appeal to most young kids but it would be especially appropriate for those who love dogs and children coping with sibling rivalry." - Janet Ann Collins, author of Secret Service Saint

"When Scruffy- part Poodle, part Labrador Retriever joins the family, he is snubbed by the family’s dog, a full breed Poodle. Everything Scruffy does is “rude and rough” from eating his food, to eating a sandwich off the kitchen counter. But, the pretty little Poodle soon discovers that having Scruffy around can come in handy, AND that he is actually a good friend. Well written rhyme and colorful illustrations show the dichotomy between these two silly dogs and encourage children to never judge a book a by its cover!" - Jennifer Reed, children’s author

"Donna Shepherd knows that being different from one another can be oodles of fun! Poodle and Doodle's antics will leave you begging for more, and I love the illustrations, too!" - Stephanie Reed, author of The Light Across the River

“Poodle and Doodle will charm most any little guy or girl, with the antics of pets sharing space. Donna’s rocking rhymes tell a believable story with plenty of ‘cute’. The art is especially appealing with simple, bright lines. What a sweet example of how changes in families call for an attitude adjustment. That slightly jealous poodle shows us how she came around to understanding the new Doodle arrival, and accepting what he had to offer! The story is a wonderful character lesson, in doggy disguise.” - April Boyer, author and editor of Seeds in Season Writing Resources

"When prissy meets mangy, a story of friendship and acceptance unfolds. Poodle and Doodle will snuggle their way into your hearts, just like they did with each other. A fun, lyrical story of two very different dogs who share a special friendship. Young children will love Poodle and Doodle."- Cheryl Malandrinos, The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

"Poodle and Doodle 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." - Mayra Calvani, Mayra's Secret Bookcase

"The balance of friendship can be a difficult one to understand. At times one may feel they are overshadowed by a friend and become frustrated. Poodle and Doodle by Donna J. Shepherd explores an unexpected friendship in this delightful rhyming story of two distinctly different dogs.

What comes forth through the eyes of one fancy poodle pup, Angel, is her own insecurities of having another dog around. When Scruffy, a cross between Poodle and Labrador is brought home by their owner, Leah, havoc ensues wherever Scruffy goes. His less than stellar manners appall Angel until the “ah-ha” moment that Scruffy is not so bad and is actually fun to have around.

Shepherd wonderfully brings to life real life issues all humans contend with in finding their place with friends. Most of all, we are all individuals whether canine or human and should appreciate the positives in all we meet.

Illustrator, Jack Foster brings the canine characters to life with their young owner, Leah, making it an adventure to read over and over again." - Donna M. McDine, Children's Author -; National Writing for Children Center

"Poodle and Doodle is a fun read-a-loud that celebrates the gift found in differences. Loved it!" - Caroline Pignat, author of Greener Grass, WINNER of the Governor General's Award 2009.


  1. Hi Jack!!! congrats on the new book!!! it is always exciting to see work in print isn't it!!!

    I will have to check this book out!!!

    Wonderful work and good-luck!!! and here's to many more books!!!

  2. Congratulations! I love to see people fulfilling their dreams. I aspire to write children's books, but am having a hard time finding the time with five kids at home. Thanks for inspiring me!

  3. Congratulations, Jack! Wonderful news!

    I'm so glad for you, it's a wonderful news ... I hope to see your book here in Italy too :o)))

  5. Hey, I just checked out your website! (HOW DID I MISS THAT??) It's very cool! You rock, Jack!

  6. Congratulations Jack, it looks so cute!

  7. Congrats on your book! How exciting it must be, to walk into Barnes and Noble and see your book - woo hoo!

  8. Congratulations! It looks charming...and it features a poodle....makes it a winner to me!
    (owned by a standard poodle)

  9. Hi Jack,
    Congratulations! That's wonderful! I'll be keeping my eye out for it!
    Thank you so much for your comment!

  10. Hi Jack! HUGE congrats on the book... thats fantastic news!! What an achievement to see your work in print! Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcoming me to illustration friday... I can't wait for more now! :)

  11. wow congrats Jack!
    im so very happy for you.
    i believe it is such a charming book as people can tell in reviews :))

  12. Many congratulations Jack! That's seriously great news. With a wonderful talent like yours I'm sure it will be the first of many books. I'm looking forward to seeing the book in real life.


  13. Oh Jack! I am so proud and thrilled for you!!! How totally awesome :D you got more than a few great reviews my friend! I would love to get a signed copy is there any way something like this could happen if I sent you a book??? let me know and don't worry if you can't, i am gonna buy the book anyway but it would be awesome if my friend Jack signed it to me ;)

  14. YAY! i will order a copy and follow up with you when I receive it :D

  15. Congrats on your book! That is wonderful!!!

  16. Oh, congratulations my friend! Jack, it was only a matter of time before this happened for you. Your illustrations are charming, whimsical, and just plain fun. They are truly inspirational and I am very happy that you've been blessed with this God-given talent!


  17. Jack, what wonderful news, congratulations!!!! I wish I had seen this earlier, for some reason, your thumbnail link won't come up on by blog list, but I make sure to periodically check, so glad I did! What a wonderful book, I can't wait to get a copy - I'll send it to you to sign - yippeee!

  18. Very many congratulations Jack!! This looks like a super book and I'll bet your illustrations are just so much fun! I'll make sure to check it out asap!

    So glad to read this post about your book. I am so happy for you. There is mnothing quite like that moment when you get your first copy. Yeay!!!

  20. JACK, JACK, JACK! This is incredible news! YIIIIIIIIIIIIII! Congratulations. Looks like a wonderful, wonderful book, and the illustrations are beyond adorable. I'll have to check it out. And YOWZA, you have another one in the works! WOOHOOO!

  21. Whoooohooooooo!! A hearty congratulations, Jack, on your wonderful book! It looks fantastic and look at all of those great reviews. I think you have a winner here! It couldn't have happened to a nicer person. I know that the author couldn't have gotten a better person to work on this with her. Great job!! I look forward to seeing the other book,, you are busy and that is AWESOME! : )