On a rainy afternoon several years ago, Cynthia Clack and her nephew, James, decided to write stories. James wrote about his dog, Bear. Since Cynthia has only cats, she decided to write about a friend’s dog, Doodles.

Cynthia’s friend, Jo Lynn Embrey, did not like inside dogs and she hated “the goofy, French” haircut for poodles. When her daughter, Ashley, received a teacup poodle from Dad, Jo Lynn was determined that this little “dude” would look like an American poodle. Cynthia was present during many of Doodles’ antics as she relates them in Doodles the American Poodle.

In her desire to teach children lessons and open the door for discussions between children and parents, educators and counselors, Cynthia uses her incredible imagination to bring Doodles the American Poodle™ to life. Doodles the American Poodle™ becomes a celebrity, a hero, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.

Doodles The American Hero was written for, and dedicated to, children whose parents serve in the U. S. military. Denise Fleck Sober, whose husband, Joe, is an Army Ranger, was talking to Cynthia about the children whose parents were sent overseas. In our test marketing and reading this manuscript to children from third through fifth grades, the children have responded enthusiastically with great understanding of world events.

The first book, Doodles the American Poodle, is based upon real events of a little girl who is given a teacup poodle by her father. Mom says she has to train the tiny puppy or he cannot stay in the house and, of course, he is far too small to be an “outside” dog. Ashley names the ball of fluff “Doodles”. As she attempts to train him over the summer, Doodles gets into all kinds of mischief and creates a stir wherever he goes. Some things he seems to learn a little too well. The big question is: will Doodles learn his “basic” lesson or will he have to find another home? Children learn to accept responsibility from this entertaining and funny story as it is written from Ashley’s perspective.

The second book, Doodles the American Celebrity, is how the teacup poodle becomes a celebrity. The other animals, Tiny the Flying Chihuahua, Precious the Precocious Persian, and Samurai the Siamese, are introduced in this book. A lesson here is that the animals, cats and dogs, can get along together and become friends so humans should do the same. In addition to the other lessons, the animals represent different nationalities who have all become Americans. Doodles is still mischievous and into everything. Ashley also has very important lessons to learn in this story.

The third book, Doodles the American Hero, was written for and dedicated to children whose parents serve in the military. It is a fun, entertaining way of explaining conflict to children and opens the door for parents, educators and counselors to talk to children about events in today’s world. There is a foul plot afoot to kidnap Doodles, American’s favorite celebrity. The animals thwart the evil Mr. Sad Dumb Insane’s first attempt by using their animal wiles. Alas, he kidnaps Doodles’ friend, Buster the Bulldog, and all the animals must leave immediately to rescue poor Buster. Ashley is beside herself with worry for her tiny pet. Ms. Clack uses Doodles to explain to tearful Ashley why her puppy and all the animals have left for their mission. Children have responded to this book with an amazing insight and understanding.

The fourth book, Doodles the American Entrepreneur, and fifth book, Doodles the American Philanthropist, are not yet written. Ms. Clack is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to put written word on paper and will be adding to Doodles the American Poodle™’s adventures as soon as she finds the time in her busy schedule of a full time law practice, writing screenplays and just trying to keep up with the character “Doodles” in Doodles the American Poodle™.

About Cynthia L. Clack-Author
Cynthia L. Clack is a full time practicing attorney in Odessa, Texas. She graduated from Baylor Law School, Waco, Texas in 1978 and has been Board Certified in Family Law since 1987. She uses her experience working with parents and children when writing children’s stories.

Ms. Clack wrote her first book in 1995 entitled The Other Side of Life - An Angel's Story, and has since written the musical "Eye of the Tiger - A Rock Opera". She has also written a number of children's books, including the five books in the Doodles the American Poodle series. In addition to writing, when not practicing law, Ms. Clack enjoys traveling, collecting interesting art and people, painting, and snow skiing. Ms. Clack has also written screenplays and novels for older audiences. Writing is her most cherished method of relaxation and she tries to set aside at least an hour each day to write. Ideas for future endeavors are constantly tumbling around in her active imagination. Her mother, Knoxine Clack, is a retired teacher who specialized in reading and passed on the love of the written word to her children.

Choosing law as her profession followed a logical progression. Her father, James Clack, is a retired State District Judge and his wife, Barbara Culver Clack, is a retired Texas Supreme Court Judge. Both of Ms. Clack’s brothers, Gene and Steve are also practicing attorneys.

Cynthia may use her experience from past cases of murder trials, multimillion dollar divorces, child abuse, medical malpractice suits and catastrophic personal injury cases to color her writing. > She is a long time contributor to children’s causes and supports continuing education for people of all ages. Her motivational speeches and teaching skills encourage every person to follow his or her dream. Her generous nature is evident in that she is creating a foundation wherein she will contribute ten percent of all income from Doodles the American Poodle™ for the benefit of children. Please check back to this site for details on the foundation.
About Sam Rodriguez-Illustrator
A native West Texan since birth, Samuel R. Rodriguez, Jr. has been a free-hand artist all of his life. In 1993, he decided to expand his artistic horizons and begin a career in computer graphic design in San Marcos, Texas. He then moved back home to Odessa, Texas where, in 2004, he formed his own independent design firm called IMAGE AND DOMINION.

Sam and his wife, Martha, enjoy home schooling their three wonderful children: Michael Anthony, Joseph Daniel, and Rebekah Ann.
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