- Listening, Imagining, Learning -
"... Selfishly, I love Billy Brown because he, unlike anything else, has managed to keep Annabella in her room at bedtime. She's had trouble falling asleep since we transitioned to a bed almost three years ago. But we put on a little Billy Brown and she's in there for good ..."
"... Originally I thought these stories of Billy and his friend Emma would be great in the car for our frequent long trips, but my kids love listening to them in their play room as they play and listen along ... "
Parenting Our Children
"Giddio has won numerous awards for these Billy Brown audio adventures, and I can see why. We have a few books on tape for the kids, and this is much better." Sagan's Universe
"... Billy Brown and the Frog Tunnel. It was such a cute story and I enjoyed listening to it along with my children."
The Wooden Porch
"Honestly, I am astonished at how much my children love these CDs. My 5 year-old is especially intrigued (the series is recommended for ages 3 to 7). I expected that they might enjoy hearing them once, but I really didn't anticipate the eager requests for Billy Brown on a daily basis!" Unplug Your Kids
"... the response from both my kids (7 and almost 4) has been immediate and laser-focused: PLAY BILLY BROWN! at all hours ... my kids seem to enjoy them more (and notice more detail) with each retelling. They like to listen while drawing or playing with clay. Ideal forroad trips or plane flights ..." Parent Hacks
"... Action-packed, this audio book is complete with sound effects, professional voices and a complete audio experience. My 6 and 4-year-olds loved it, and have popped the CD in several times to listen to the story again and again. Now, the 9-year-old is listening ..." Susie J
"...Billy Brown own keeps him seated for 30 minutes! Seriously, this is reason to celebrate. Tonight my 4-year-old sat and listened to an audio story for 30 minutes, never moving. He was captivated ..."
Mommies With Style
"... Audio recordings build listening skills and lengthen attention spans. The stories are clear enough that a young preschooler can follow them the first time around. However, there is plenty of detail to discover on repeat playings–and believe me, there will be repeat playings. And bestof all, there are no commercials for sugary cereals or toys with licensed characters ..." Mamnista
"... This could be the perfect solution to those longer car rides (each episode is between 30-45 minutes) when you just can't handle another sing-along. Or the ideal incentive for your reluctant-to-stay-in-bed wanderer to stay put ..." Cool Moms Pick
"... They help prevent fighting in the car - need I say more? ..." Natural Mom
"... I was impressed by the quality and professional sound, and the fact that all five of my older children were completely enthralled by the tale of Billy Brown ..." From Dates to Diapers
"... Sometimes there are products that you find that you know will always bring back great memories and that you truly feel lucky to have purchased ..." Lena's Notebook
"... The story's writer makes sure to include lots of lessons about camping and hiking safety, and manages to do so in an approachable way that rarely feels preachy ..." Z Recommends
"... Billy Brown. He's an adult bear, and he's responsible and very kind--this is a nice feature, since adults are often portrayed as ineffective, even in children's media ..." Rocks In My Dryer
"... Kids will probably enjoy listening to these stories over and over, so a cost per listening may actually be quite low ..."
"... Older kids might find the music corny, but, there are some older kids who found themselves into the stories, anyway, but, I won't mention any names ..." Busy Mom
".. Enthusiastically recommended, both of these simply outstanding, quite original, and imaginatively entertaining recordings are appropriate additions to family, preschool, kindergarten, and community library audiobook collections for children." Midwest Book Review
“In our house, Billy Brown is more popular than Mickey Mouse!”
Richard S., Rye Brook, NY
"My daughter loves Billy Brown. She is 3 and knows the whole script - of both CDs - by heart." John J., New York, NY
"My daughter, who is four, loves the Billy Brown CDs and has both of them. When will another come out?" Phillip P., USA
"Nate and I listened to the CDs in the car the other day and loved them! We both thought the river rescue was very exciting and Nathan was really impressed with the nifty way Billy rescued them. Nate keeps asking to go for a hike." Betsy W., Evanston, IL
"Our 5 year old daughter listened to the Billy Brown CDs this weekend. She loved them and can't wait for the next installment. Her favorite line is "... ginger bread dresses ..." Meredith M., Brooklyn
"We listened to Billy Brown And The Mystery Package and thought it was great. Besides being fun and entertaining, it was also educational, introducing concepts such as how the mail system works and how to do library research. It was lively and creative. It is a great way to make a car trip extremely enjoyable." Heidi C., Manhattan
"Thank You for making the "Billy Brown" CD's. Our son Samuel is 3, and he LOVES the "Mystery Package CD. He (and by now also myself) knows the story inside out ... without exaggeration, he listens to it at least 2x per day. Jens, I am very happy that you are bringing the German concept of "Hoerspiel" to the United States ... it is soooo much better stimulation than TV. Being German myself, I still remember the dozens of "Benjamin Bluemchen" Hoerspiele I listened to as a child, and thanks to you my son can now enjoy that kind of valuable "edu-tainment" as well. I am buying the "hiking" CD now, and can't wait for the new adventure coming out soon!"
Daniel T., Morristown, NJ
And from our very own cast member, voice acting Ted, Liz Davito:
“I went home for my nephew's second birthday last weekend. I felt a little lame because most of all the other presents were Cool to Open presents (accordion, bubble lawn mower, etc.) and my sorry artist's salary only tendered dear Oliver two CD's. But I spoke with my sister the other day and she said that they listen to Billy Brown all of the time. He requests "bear! bear!" My sister says that it came at a good time; because of his recent birthday, he's just received mail, so he's understanding that concept and although he doesn't get the whole thing (obviously), he sure does get parts of it. Teresa says he's saying roooarBingo! And she's excited for how he is learning those things, and how experiencing it will just get better and better for him. I thought you'd be happy to hear of a pleased, albeit young, listener.”
Billy Brown is proud to be a twofold iParenting Media Award Winner with his adventures “Billy Brown And The Mystery Package” and “Billy Brown Goes Hiking” in different product calls!
"... The childcare children all loved it and played Billy Brown after the CD was over ... " Billy Brown And The Mystery Package
"... What I believe children ... enjoy about full cast audio adventures is that they love the variety and different sounds; it is almost like going on an adventure. And because the audio is not all the same voice the kids can't
wait for the next great sound or voice to come up. Children love characters having different voices and I found them trying to imitate those voices .... " Billy Brown Goes Hiking
... and in even more fantastic and interesting detail!
Billy Brown’s audio adventure series won a “Dr. Toy's Best Products List - Spring 2007” award! Giddio’s series is one of only two CD products winning this very well known and prestigious award. Dr. Toy
Billy Brown also won Creative Child Magazine's Seal Of Excellence 2007!
Two iParenting Media Awards ...
"Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge!" Albert Einstein
Lights out, audio drama on,
Car Ride + Audio Drama
= Happy Family