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1340 Brook Lane
Jamison, PA 18929
Phone (267) 250-6626
Winner of a Mom’s Choice Award
Top pick on Amazon’s Children’s Bookshelf
Endorsed by The Dove Foundation
Chrysa Smith is a lifelong writer. Beginning in elementary school, the love of writing continued through her career path as a corporate communications manager, freelance writer, feature magazine writer and children's author.
With over 30 years of writing experience, Smith has just about tried it all and believes that with practice and research, the sky's the limit—and writer's needn't be pigeonholed into only one genre.
Born in NYC, Smith holds a BS from St. John's University and additional credits from Temple University and the University of the South. Since 1987 Smith has lived in Bucks County, PA with her family and own posse of poodles, which of course, has spurred many of her ideas.
WRITING-FOCUSED/STUDENT-FOCUSED PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS AND AUTHOR VISITS
School visits are very flexible. All PowerPoint based, each year a new presentation takes children on a very light-hearted and interactive ride through the creative and production process. Smith touches on: where ideas come from, the roles of author/illustrator, how to get creative, how ideas turn into books, building a good story and the importance of proofing work. She tunes the kids into their own creativity, showing them that they can take visual images (things they see everyday) and twist them into a piece of juvenile fiction. This is always done through her funny and detailed view of things.
Presentations range from 45 minutes to over an hour (if some writing practice is added). Half-day visits begin at $250 (for up to three hours); full day visits at $400 (up to five hours), plus travel costs if located more than 50 miles from Bucks County, PA. Smith travels from PA, NJ, DE through the Mid-Atlantic and to New England. On certain weeks during the school year, there are 'specials' which can be found on her website.
The Adventures of the Poodle Posse is a transitional series of four books, targeted to children from first to fourth grades (depending upon reading level). They include:
The Case of the Missing Steak Bone/Who Let the Dogs Out?
The Princess & the Frenchmen/No Dogs Allowed!
Creepy Tales; A Halloween Adventure & Activity Book
Trouble Down Under; A Midwinter Adventure & Activity Book
The first two books in the series have two tales each while the second two have one story and activity section (since they are holiday stories). Each story is @10 pages in length, each with over a dozen and a half professionally illustrated B/W pictures.
Independently published by The Well Bred Book, written by Chrysa Smith and illustrated by Pat Achilles (www.achillesportfolio.com) an entire list of both book and author visit reviews is available at: www.wellbredbook.net
The Adventures of the Poodle Posse, Case of the Missing Steak Bone/Who Let the Dogs Out?
Chrysa Smith (author) and Pat Achilles (Illustrator), 32 pages. Publisher: Wellbredbook, 2007. ISBN 13: 978-1424333356
Book #1 contains two tales: The Case of the Missing Steak Bone/Who Let the Dogs Out? The first tale started it all, as Top Dog Woody tries to outsmart his brother by stealing and hiding a special treat. But Archie innocently turns events around in the house when he unexpectedly finds it and is a bit more welcome to the idea of sharing. In the second story, rescued dog Archie returns to the shelter to help out his friends with a caring, but crazy night of antics. Released winter, 2007.
Silver Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards - 2009 Silver Recipient: Fiction
The Mom's Choice Awards is an annual awards competition that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.
The Princess & the Frenchmen/No Dogs Allowed!
by Chrysa Smith (author) and Pat Achilles (Illustrator). Paperback, 44 pages. Publisher: The Well Bred Book, First edition (September 7, 2009). ISBN-10: 0615289851 ISBN-13: 978-0615289854
Book #2 in the series contains two tales: The Princess & the Frenchmen/No Dogs Allowed! It was edited/previewed by students in two elementary schools. The first tale is about the growth of the posse. There’s now a third poodle in the mix: a girl with a poodlicious attitude, and everyone needs to adjust and accept. The second tale, with its Jersey Shore beach image on the front cover, takes the posse on a beach vacation where things don’t quite go as planned. The message? Sometimes we need to readjust our sails when the wind is blowing the wrong way. Released fall 2009
“Chrysa Smith has a way with words and poodles. She has created three lovable dog personalities with top dog Woody, poodle princess Daisy and adventurous Archie, in adventures that young readers in grades two and three can enjoy. No Dogs Allowed is sure to be a hit with children, whether or not they have a pet.” —Leslie Clark, Children's Librarian, Ocean City Free Library, NJ
“Wanting to read and associating reading with fun are two critical elements in developing a lifelong love of reading. In Book 2 of The Poodle Posse series, Chrysa Smith once again brings a delightful mix of poodles to life in the reader's imagination. Entering the world of the Poodle Posse is a fun and engaging journey for the young reader.” —Diane Smith, Director, Roxy Reading Children's Program, PA
“Woody, Archie and Daisy–three small poodles with big hearts that will steal yours in these two new adventures...In The Princess and the Frenchmen, the poodles realize that living together doesn't make a family, but their willingness to share does. In No Dogs Allowed, Woody makes his own discovery–having fun is possible in the most unlikely places. Pat Achilles' enchanting illustrations bring an old-fashioned charm that perfectly fits the mood of the stories.” —Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban, Author, Two Moon Princess
The Adventures of the Poodle Posse/ Creepy Tails! A Halloween Adventure & Activity Book
Chrysa Smith (Author), Laurel Garver (Editor), Pat Achilles (Illustrator). Paperback, 42 pages. Publisher: The Well Bred Book, first edition (August 15, 2010). ISBN-10: 061536487X ISBN-13: 978-0615364872
Book #3 While Woody, Archie and Mrs. Flout are getting into the spirit of the Halloween holiday, Daisy is confused. Everyone is dressing in weird and creepy costumes. But why would a perfectly poofed princess want to be anyone but herself? Daisy learns that when you are comfortable with who you are, trying something new can be fun. Activity section follows.
Amazon Children's Bookshelf Top Pick January 2011
Featured in Small Press Bookwatch January 2011
The MIdwest Book Review
The Adventures of the Poodle Posse: Trouble Down Under
Chrysa Smith. Perfect Paperback, 48 pages. Publisher: The Well Bred Book, First edition (November 1, 2012). ISBN-10: 0615657206 ISBN-13: 978-0615657202
Book #4 in the series is a midwinter tale & activity book. When a burrowing poodle and his friends meet another famous burrowing creature, not only does the fur fly, but the weather is predicted. Accurate? Perhaps, but the tale is not only about Groundhog Day–it teaches us patience–the reality that we just can’t rush Mother Nature. Activities including a groundhog and word search and a board game plus comprehension, sequencing & cause/effect follow-up for teachers. Released fall 2012.
‘This fun and sometimes very silly book will engage young readers with pet-friendly stories that are a delight to read. Audiences will enjoy the light-hearted humor as they learn about caring and sharing. Readers will also have fun at the end of the book where they are encouraged to talk about the stories, characters and what makes them laugh the most. For a wonderful book that will encourage young readers to develop a love for pets and their silly antics, The Adventures of the Poodle Posse is a great read.’ —Midwest Book Review, Author’s Bookwatch, Aug. 2009.
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