The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica
by Debbie Glade
||Smart Poodle Publishing
||March 17, 2008
Lilly P. Badilly is a little millipede, who lives in the Miami International Airport with her grandparents, Nellie O. Badilly and Willie Z. Badilly, and they sneak aboard a plane to Costa Rica and have an unforgettable adventure in the rainforest.
Smart Poodle Publishing
The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badlly: Costa Rica
Lilly P. Badilly is a little millipede with a brilliant mind and an exceptional talent for playing the piano. She lives in a hole in the wall in the Miami International Airport with her grandparents, Nellie O. Badilly and
Willie Z. Badilly. Together they embark on a courageous, and sometimes hilarious, travel adventure deep into the fertile rain forest of Costa Rica.
Readers will discover how a well-read child millipede, with an adorable voice, a craving for pumpkin pie and an amazing talent for piano, helps save her friends and family from a creepy - but entertaining - spider
named Ruth Less. They’ll fall in love with a beetle named Riddle, whose name speaks for itself. They’ll be amused by the bossy, adventurous granny millipede, who wears a grey wig. And they will laugh at an apprehensive
grandpa who has a bit of a flatulence problem.
This unique 64-page fiction picture book comes with a 35-minute CD for young readers, ages 5-10. The author's 15 year old daughter, Rachel, wrote an original musical score. She plays piano and sitar on the recording, whle the author's husband, John, plays guitar and harmonica.
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 ist ruly an enchanting and informative story, unlike any other children’s book available today.
“I am so proud of you, Lilly. You bravely worked through your fears, and your music saved us all. You are a true hero!”
Reviewer's Choice - The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica
The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica is a children's book with accompanying audio CD following the adventures of a tiny millipede with a talent for playing the piano. Along with her grandparents, the plucky millipede goes on a wondrous journey deep into the Costa Rican rainforest! 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 Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica (with CD)
By Matthew Feliciana - Readerviews.com
“The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica” is a book about a millipede named Lilly.
Lilly is about to go on a trip to Costa Rica because her grandparents are sick of living in an airport.
Once day, they decided to get on a plane. The grandpa didn’t want to go but they went anyway.
Lilly loved to read and learn and was excited about this new adventure.
Lilly used a guidebook to help her learn about Costa Rica. She was looking forward to going and
seeing all of the many animals there. She wanted to eat new food and see all there was to see. Even
when things got tough, they all stayed together and happy as a family.
They came back from their trip and lived back at home in the airport. They liked Costa Rica but
were happy to be home.
I liked “The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica” a lot. It was educational and
showed me new things about a new country. I didn’t like the CD that came with it because it read
the story to me. I liked the background music but since I can read, I didn’t need the CD to read the
book for you. For younger kids who can’t read the CD might help but for me, I didn’t like it. Other
than that, this book was really good.
The Travel Adventures of Lilly P. Badilly: Costa Rica
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by: John L. Hoh, Jr.
Lilly P. Badilly is a millipede. She lives in the Miami airport with her grandparents, Nellie O. Badilly and Willie Z. Badilly. Lilly likes to read and play her piano. She also likes to sing as she sings little ditties throughout the story.
The airport is a noisy place to live. So the Badillys decide to take a trip. They settle on going to Costa Rica after grandpa checks the flight schedules. They stowaway in a human passenger's briefcase. No snakes on this plane, just some silly millipedes.
The Badillys arrive in Costa Rica and eat a cast-off banana. Children will enjoy that it seems to make grandpa Badilly fart. Meanwhile, the reader shadows the Badillys and learns about the people and places of Costa Rica, such as the people speak Spanish, the weather, the spider that captured them and a beetle named Riddle in a web. Oh, will the Badillys be able to escape from the web? Or will they become meals for the spider? Well, no shortage of drumsticks I guess.
Along the way Lilly sings her ditties. The book comes with an audio CD so that children can hear the travels and travails of the Badillys.
No age range is given, but can be read to smaller children. The grade range for reading I would say starts at fourth grade (third grade for an accomplished reader). The paintings in the book are vibrant and reflect the story. And it helps children learn about geography in a new way.
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