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A Slew of Great Reviews For Lilly Badilly!


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Mission Statement

Smart Poodle Publishing believes that young, intelligent children deserve imaginative books that entertain and educate them without being condescending. We also maintain that supplementing what children read with what they hear is crucial to emotional and intellectual development. That is why a CD is included with each of our books. We set out to educate, entertain and delight not only the young reader, but also his or her entire family.

Our Motivation

Just step into any bookstore in America, and you’ll find the sheer number of books and magazines to be somewhat shocking. Combine that with all the information out there in cyberspace, and it can be overwhelming for readers to make a choice. Many children's books are a joy to read - from the classics to brand new stories. However, we have found that many more are lacking in quality. The creators of Smart Poodle Publishing found this to be especially true with some children’s picture books. Some stories seem to be unoriginal or uninteresting. Some even have bland artwork. Many themes have been recycled so many times that it is hard to find a book for a young curious child that is unique, yet doesn’t talk down to the reader. At Smart Poodle Publishing we know that all children are gifted children who want to laugh and learn at the same time.

Our goal is to provide original, entertaining and educational reading materials for intelligent, inquisitive children. Our books combine extraordinary, educational storytelling, geography and humor with colorful artwork. We take this a step further by recording our books on CD, complete with narration, hilarious voiceovers, sound effects, music and songs. Those who are just learning to read can listen and follow along with the pictures. Best of all, our books are loved by the entire family! How often have you read a child a book and been a bit bored? Not with Smart Poodle Publishing books! Grandparents, parents and siblings of all ages with enjoy reading and listening along.

The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica

You’ve Never Read (or Heard) a Children’s Book Like This

book coverOur newest book is The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica. It is a fascinating story about a little millipede with a brilliant mind and an exceptional talent for playing the piano. She lives in a teeny, tiny hole in the wall in the Miami International Airport with her grandparents, Nellie O. Badilly and Willie Z. Badilly. Together they embark on a most unique, and sometimes hilarious, travel adventure deep into the fertile rain forest of Costa Rica. It is there that Lilly is forced to face her biggest fears in order to save the lives of her family, herself and her new friends. Along the way, Lilly learns a lot about geography, culture and the plants and animals of Costa Rica. Best of all she discovers that if she uses her brain, she can work through her fears and turn a frightening situation into a celebration! Included with this book is a most entertaining, 35-minute, fully narrated CD. The characters of Lilly P. Badilly come to life with voices that children of all ages and adults will enjoy. Complete with music and authentic Costa Rican sound effects, readers can listen, read and sing along at the same time. This book is best for children ages 5-10. (More about the Book)


"The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly features a number of catchy songs sung by various creatures; these songs are played with music on the audio CD, making for a most enjoyable reading and listening experience. Simple yet colorful illustrations round out this surprisingly long and involved picturebook adventure. Highly recommended."

-The Midwest Book Review


“My son is very bright, but he often has trouble concentrating on reading stories. He seems to get distracted easily, but he sat through the entire CD and followed the words closely along in the book. He kept talking about it afterward as well. It was so encouraging to see him get excited about reading!”

-Patricia, a marketing consultant who adopted her 10-year-old foster child


The story teaches children about geography, culture, flora and fauna of Costa Rica, the environment and peaceful problem solving. The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica is truly an enchanting and informative story, unlike any other children’s book available today.

-Author's Den