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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

Our goal is to provide original, entertaining and educational reading materials for intelligent, inquisitive children and to motivate children who are struggling with reading. 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 as well as reluctant readers 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 Lilly P. Badilly! Grandparents, parents and siblings of all ages with enjoy reading and listening along.

About the Book

Description: ook coverThe Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica 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


Author Visits

Author Debbie Glade has visited many schools, after care and grant-based programs as well as camps and libraries, presenting her reading, writing and geography program to many thousands of children. Debbie gets kids excited about reading, writing and geography with her colorful posters and maps, she teaches them all about the natural wonders of the rainforest. They also learn what it takes to be a writer and about illustrating a book. Read more about Author Visits here.