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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat Hardcover – August 6, 2013

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PreS-Gr 1-Llama Llama and his friends cannot enjoy their school day because Gilroy Goat is being a bully. He laughs at the other animals during circle time, and he calls Llama Llama a "not-nice name" when he tries to sing. Although Gilroy's teacher tries to correct his behavior, the bullying continues into recess (dirt throwing and destructiveness) until the llama calls him a Bully Goat. Realizing he's hurt potential new companions, Gilroy is happy to accept Llama Llama's renewed offer of friendship. Dewdney's characters are rendered in paint, pencil, and pastels. The victims, the bully, and even the witnesses all look scared, worried, or sad throughout the story. This book clearly shows children the social, emotional, and academic consequences of bullying, how to take a stand against it, and how to be tolerant of someone who needs a second chance. A great discussion starter.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library.AB, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The latest Llama Llama comic drama has a dual focus. The first is on the fun and learning encountered during a busy preschool day. The second is how all of this activity can be wrecked by one kid (literally a “kid” here—a young goat), Gilroy, who is not only a billy goat but also, yes, a bully goat. Gilroy snickers at the others during class time, and during recess, he kicks up sand and knocks over the toys and equipment of others. No fooling around here; Dewdney’s solution is to “walk away and tell someone.” Good advice couched in pleasant rhymes and gentle, nicely textured pastel illustrations. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD330L (What's this?)
  • Series: Llama Llama
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; First Ed 1st Printing edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670013951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670013951
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Dewdney lives in a very old house in Vermont. She has two teenage daughters and two very muddy dogs. Anna has wanted to write and illustrate children's books from the time she was a little girl, and she likes nothing better than to sit in her studio and make funny faces as she sketches her characters and writes her stories. Anna has had many jobs (in addition to being a mom); she's been a middle-school teacher and school bus driver, a waitress, a mail carrier, and a day care teacher.

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Anna Dewdney delivers another Masterpiece in her bestselling Llama Llama children's series. This fun-filled story teaches children different situations they will be confronted with, and how to handle and combat bullying, through the experience that Llama Llama endured. As Llama Llama makes lots of new friends in school, he also has to deal with being teased from Gilroy Goat. At first, Llama llama didn't know what to do, but he learned how to handle bulling, in order to resolve the problem. Can Llama Llama and Gilroy become friends once again, after what Llama Llama experienced? The author highlights friendship, social skills, and bullies. The story is intriguing, and the colorful illustrations come to life. Children will love this new installment to the Llama Llama series. I know several children who love this series, and I will be gifting this book for the holidays. Highly recommended for young children, teachers, parents, and child-care providers!
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By M. C. on September 24, 2013
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I like this story, but I wished it focused more on how to stand up to a bully, not so much on what a bully does. I am trying to teach my daughter to stand/speak up for herself, and it's hard to find a book at this age level that does that.
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Both of my kids adore the Llama Llama books--so much so that we actually own them all. So, this one arrived on our doorstep the day it was published and the kids couldn't wait for me to read it to them.

Bullying is a hot topic now, as it should be. A book such as Llama Llama and the Bully Goat is a good one. I'm a little wary of some of the anti-bullying messages out there, especially to younger kids. I think there is a distinct difference between being bullied and being picked on. I am not condoning kids picking on each other and I do believe that, if not addressed, children who pick on other children may become bullies. But, I also believe that there needs to be a difference in how kids are taught to deal with these situations. In the case of bullying, kids need to get adults involved. However, I believe that children need to learn how to stand up for themselves when it comes to being picked on. I know everyone will not agree with me on this. But, hey, I spent a week earlier this summer with 27 kids who came to me every single time someone sat in their chair because they were taught to always go to an adult. It was a very, very long week.

But, back to the book....Dewdney does a good job walking this line. She doesn't portray the Bully Goat in a way that scares children, but even young kids will be able to recognize that his behavior is not okay. And she has Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu stand up to the Bully Goat before going to the teacher, which is a very important lesson!

The later Llama Llama books have become more and more instructional, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I know that the seeds of bullying can be found in preschool classrooms, to Llama Llama and the Bully Goat may be just the book to pull out for a young child who is having trouble with a classmate.
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My son was having issues at school with pushing. I talked to him several times and thought that we had it worked out and then got a letter from the teacher 2 days later saying that it was still happening. Because my son loves to read and seems to retain messages from books with images better than a talking to from mom, I ordered several books on hitting/bullying for him.

This was by far the one that stuck in his head the most with a very clear message on how hitting others makes them feel. He even told me that he didn't want to be a bully goat and that he would stop and think before he used his hands to hurt someone else. The pushing stopped.

Of course, this isn't going to be the rule for everyone, but this is a cute book with a clear message that really helped us out. To be fair, this book really isn't about bullying as the Bully goat has one bad day at school where he is a jerk and mean to the other kids. Bullying to me is more than a bad day that gets magically resolved by one teacher and a stern talking to, but the book still has value.
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“Llama Llama and the Bully Goat” written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney is latest addition in popular Llama Llama picture book series for smallest children that tells lesson about bullying and how to deal with this situation.

Llama, Llama loves to go to school due to all interesting activities which are done there – counting, drawing, singing, and writing. On the other hand, Gilroy Goat thinks that everything what is done there is not interesting and doesn’t want to join in.
When Gilroy will say something bad to Llama he’ll get in trouble, but that won’t be enough for Bully Goat because he will continue to tease, push, throw toys and do other bullying actions.
But Llama and Nelly will do the right thing complaining to teacher who will be able to teach Goat a lesson and resolve this unpleasant situation…

For many children painful bullying issue is presented in the form of a simple picture book delivering a strong message that children shouldn’t suffer the humiliation of their peers or anyone teasing them, but instead must seek help from teachers or family.
Children often don’t turn for help when these things begin to happen, when problems might be easier to solve, but instead wait for problem to escalate when it’s much harder to address and lot of precious time is lost in which the child is unhappy.

Therefore it’s important to start children education as early as possible, in order to even small children accept that message and won’t be afraid to ask for help
This children book is beautifully written in rhyme and its nicely drawn illustrations are made in warm style in the technique of oil paint so it’s very easy and pleasant to read.

These are all reasons why this beautifully written and illustrated picture book with important lesson may be recommended to all young readers and their parents to start talking about this problem before it happens.
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