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Book Review/Giveaway: Poodle & Doodle. Ends Feb 11th

Poodle & Doodle by Donna J. Shepherd and illustrated by Jack Foster.

About the Book: Angel, a twelve-pound prissy poodle, is none too happy when Leah brings home Scruffy, a seventy-five pound clumsy Labradoodle. Why ever would Leah want another pet when she had the perfect dog already?

My Review: Angel couldn’t understand why Leah would bring home another dog. Her question was, “I’m a fancy poodle pup. Am I not dog enough?” She just could not understand why Leah needed a dog like Scruffy that gobble down his dinner while she takes small bites, or drink out of the toilet or roll around like a mutt in wet and weedy grass; this dog shows no doggie class at all (funny). But she discovers that there may be a reason for keeping him around after all.

Some children find it hard to accept change for example; they can feel overshadowed by a new friend or a new baby. But the lesson in this book is about friendship and how to adapt to change.

Whether you love dogs or not Poodle and Doodle is a cute story that children and adults will find funny. The beautiful illustration done by Jack Foster helps bring the book to life with its bright and bold colors. I highly recommend this book for you children home library and for classroom teaching.

Pages: 20

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Giveaway Rules


The Author will be providing the winner with a signed copy of Poodle & Doodle

There will be 1 winner

This Giveaway is Open to the US ONLY.

Winner will be selected by

Giveaway Ends February 11th.

Giveaway Guidelines and Disclaimer

Comments like these would be deleted –  Great contest, Please enter me, Love to win this!, This is so cute!

1. Mandatory: First leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

2. Mandatory Entry: Please click link below and read the author’s interview and leave a comment there.


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This Giveaway Has Ended!


Winner #2 – Carol L




January 22, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. I’d love to win this for one of my grandchildren.

    Comment by Gloria Walshver | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  2. My grandson would love this. Their neighbors have a poodle and he lights up like a Christmas tree whenever he sees it but panics if the poodle tries to approach him. 🙂 Commented on Interview. GFC name is Lucky47.
    Carol L
    Lucky745 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | January 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Congratulations, Carol! I’m mailing your book out right away.

      Comment by Donna J. Shepherd | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  3. What a great lesson for children to learn! Jealousy can be so tough for kids unless the adults in their lives teach them that it’s ok to share.

    Comment by Julie Miller Janney | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  4. Okay, I’m a dog lover and grammie to a 13 lb prissy Malti-poo so when I saw this book I had to read all about it! My grand-daughter LOVES books, loves dogs (especially Toby, her Malti-poo “big brother”) so this is a must have! I love that the story is humerous but packs a valuable lesson in friendship and adaptation. Not only that, but the title alone just makes me smile! Thanks for the chance to win this!

    Comment by karenladd | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  5. I like that this helps kids to learn about change, jealousy, and friendship.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  6. We love stories with dogs, and this one teaches wonderful lessons to the kids – that’s great!

    Comment by lisa | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  7. i work with preschoolers with special needs and this book looks like a good one to read to them to help them adapt to change and new experiences which they have such difficulty with.

    Comment by catherine c | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  8. This is such a wonderful book. Please don’t enter me, as I have a copy, but I wanted to wish everyone luck.

    Comment by ccgevry | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  9. Sounds not only cute, but slips in a subtle message. It’s not only little kids, but older ones and adults as well who can benefit from this story.

    Comment by barbarabockman | January 22, 2012 | Reply

  10. My 3 grandkids are at a stage (please let it just be a stage!) where every thing has to fair & evensteven, or we face an argument or meltdown. Poodle & Doodle can teach them a lesson about handling their jealousy & emotions. I love the title & cover.

    Comment by Teresa Young | January 23, 2012 | Reply

  11. I think this has a great lesson for the kids…teaching them to be accepting of new people in their lives. It also sounds like it would be cute and a fun read 🙂

    Comment by Kristie | January 23, 2012 | Reply

  12. My daughter would love this book because she loves dogs and it would be good for her because she is not good with change.

    Comment by Jeryl M. | January 25, 2012 | Reply

  13. Logan’s parents have a dog that looks almost like a poodle. We will probably get Riley a puppy for his 4th birthday. I would love to have this book for him, I like to read to him before he goes to bed at night I think this or any of the books you have illistrated would be great for him.

    Comment by Jeanne Bashaw | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  14. Well done, Ella. Very nice interview of Donna’s terrific book. Can’t say that we have a dog now but I have lots of dog stories from when dogs owned our family over the years.

    Comment by Bill Kirk | January 31, 2012 | Reply

  15. Oh WOW! this sounds like a great book! I do daycare out of my home and whenever I have a baby here my son gets so jealous he’s only 15 months so he doesn’t quite understand that i just need to hold the baby to make her happy for a little while and then i can hold him.. We would like to have another one soon but with him being so jealous I worry it will be worse when we have another one.. Would love to be able to read it to him to help him understand its ok if mommy hold other babys..

    Comment by Amanda Tschritter | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  16. I love that this helps kids deal with changes and new people in their lives. Terrifically useful lessons for kids (and really, all of us!)

    Comment by Patricia | February 1, 2012 | Reply

  17. I love poodles! I love books with dogs and a message of friendship and change. Thanks!

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | February 5, 2012 | Reply

  18. This is a wonderful lesson about jealousy that children as well as adults can use. We have a blind poodle (Otis – yes awful name but he came with it), which was big adjustment for our family as well as our first pup Grace.

    Comment by Libby Moore | February 8, 2012 | Reply

  19. Sounds like a perfect book to share with my nephew and niece who have recently welcomed a new baby sister to their household. My twins and I would also enjoy reading it. We are big fans of Donna Shepherd’s “Topsy” Tales”, especially “Chizzy”. Jack Foster’s illustrations in “Poodle and Doodle” look delightful. Would love to have the privilege of reading this picture book to little ones.

    Comment by Kristen Zajac | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  20. The more you read… the more you know… the more you know… the more you grow =) Massachusetts Field School Quincy, Ma. This was the motto at my elementary school in the early 80’s and have passed it on to my children. Brenna 12 Conor 7

    Comment by greg runge | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  21. Poodle & Doodle sounds like a book that should be on Mimi’s bookshelf! 🙂

    Comment by Mimi | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  22. This sounds like a book that would not only be useful in helping children understand about adapting to change, but one they would also find lots of fun.

    Comment by Ev | February 10, 2012 | Reply

  23. Great book!

    Comment by Linda Ridener Dickson | February 11, 2012 | Reply

  24. I’m so glad to hear the book’s premise is one that you feel is both fun and helpful. Thank you to everyone who left comments, and to Ella for hosting me!


    Comment by Donna J. Shepherd | February 17, 2012 | Reply

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