Madame Badobedah | Book Review

“Madame Badobedah takes us on an imagination adventure and we loved it!” – Momma Braga


A hotel is a great place to live if you’re an adventurer, There are rooms to explore, guests to spy on, and secrets just waiting to be discovered.

Mabel likes to keep an eye on all the comings and goings at the Mermaid Hotel. When a mysterious old lady moves in, with a jewel-filled trunk and a beady-eyed pet tortoise, Mabel vows to watch her every move. Because this guest, Mabel decides, is a supervillan. But even supervillans have a soft side, and as an unlikely friendship grows between the pair, their fantastical exploits take them well beyond the corridors of their hotel home.


Madame Badobedah brings adventure to life in a tale like no other. It brings mystery, curiosity, adventure and reminds us of how amazing it is to imagine. It also allows us to see that the best friendships are the unexpected ones.

This book reminded me of my own childhood and how I came up with the most ravishing stories of a person or even a place. It made it so much more fun.

To live in a hotel (Mermaid Hotel, how cool is that?!) and meeting so many new people; sounds like a dream and adventures come true! Madame Badobedah brings that and so much more.

We just adored reading this book and even started imagining what type of adventures we would have. Nikki imagines a room where there is a secret door to a magical land of unicorns and lots of toys for her to play. I imagine a room where I can just sit and relax without any disruptions – ah to dream is to live! 😉

When books inspire us to imagine on our own once we have read it, then a glowing review is what we give. We give Madame Badobedah 10 stars out of 5! The story was intriguing and illustrations compliment the story perfectly. Great combination for reading time (which is all the time).

This book is recommended for children between the ages of five and eight. If you would like to pre-order this book before it goes on sale on April 7, 2020, click here.

About the Author

Sophie Dahl began her working life as a teenage fashion model, but books and words were her first love. In 2003 she published The Man with the Dancing Eyes, an illustrated novella, which she followed in 2007 with her first novel, Playing with the Grown-ups. A devoted home cook, she has also written two cookbooks, Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes and Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, in addition to writing and presenting two BBC prime-time shows about food. She is contributing editor at Conde Nast Traveller, was a longtime contributing editor at British Vogue, and has written nonfiction essays for Vogue (US), Harper’s Bazaar (UK), the Observer (UK), the Guardian (UK), and the Times (London). Sophie Dahl lives in the countryside with her husband, daughters, rescue dog, cat, and tortoise. Madame Badobedah is her first book for children.

About the Illustrator

Lauren O’Hara is an illustrator from the north of England. As a child she loved reading fairy tales, painting insects, and listening to her grandmother’s stories. She studied art and illustrations at Kingston University, then designed window displays and props for films. Her career as an illustrator began when she and her sister, Natalia, worked together on a picture book, Hortense and the Shadow. This was published in 2017 and followed in 2018 by The Bandit Queen. Lauren O’Hara currently lives in a converted church in Dublin, Ireland, with her partner, their cat Ida, and assorted ghosts.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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