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Poddle Posse #4 The Adventures of the Poodle Posse:Trouble Down Under by 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.

Featured in Reviewer’s Bookwatch, 2013, The Midwest Book Review



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 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, Case of the Missing Steak Bone/Who Let the Dogs Out?

by Chrysa Smith (author) and Pat Achilles (Illustrator) 32 pages, Publisher Wellbredbook 2007

ISBN#978-1-4243-333 5-6  

 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    


The Adventures of the Poodle Posse,
Case of the Missing Steak
Who Let the Dogs Out?
won a Mom's Choice Award - 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.

Editorial Reviews
From Midwest Book Review
‘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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