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This title has been selected by the Amazon editors as one of the Best Children's Books of 2013 for Ages 3-5.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Llama Llama
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Ed 1st Printing edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670013951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670013951
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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

More About the Author

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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Great stories and illustrations.
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This book is a great way to introduce the topic of bullying to a little one.
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My daughter asked me to read her this book every night for weeks.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 6, 2013
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WestMetroMommy on August 20, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Willsey on August 6, 2013
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Saw this book and had to pre order it. My grandson has all of these books. He adores them. We have read them over and over and over. Would highly recommend these books to children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roni on May 16, 2014
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You just cannot go wrong with the Llama Llama stories! This story was a fun way to approach the subject of friendship and bullying with the children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on May 6, 2014
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My daughter loves her books. We read at least 1 story every night. The llama llama books are great, but my daughter and I really love this one.

I like that it shows her what bullying looks like, that it unfortunately happens, and what to do if she sees it. I like books that prepare my children for certain situations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KOwens on May 5, 2014
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Yet another Llama Llama book to add to our collection and it was a great contribution! Every child needs to learn about bullying and how to handle it at a young age!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A Roe on April 25, 2014
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My daughter asks for this book all the time. She loves all of the Llama Llama books, but this one is near the top of the list. While reading we discuss how Gilroy Goat could be a kinder friend.
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