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PreSchool-K—In this sequel to Llama Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005), the hoofed protagonist goes shopping with his mother. Gradually the small annoyances of the Shop-O-Rama ("Yucky music,/great big feet./Ladies smelling way too sweet....Try it on and take it off./Pull and wiggle,/itch and cough") send the youngster into a tantrum: "It's no fun at Shop-O-Rama./Llama Llama/MAD at Mama!" With admirable patience and parenting skills, Mama tames the "llama drama," explaining to her son that they can make the chore fun by working together. Soon Llama Llama is helping Mama clean up the messy results of his meltdown and complete their purchases, and then they are off to pursue more pleasurable activities. Children will giggle at Dewdney's rhythmic rhymes. The inviting, oversized paintings are bold and colorful, and Llama Llama's priceless expressions carry the emotional arc of the story to its gentle conclusion. Add this amusing tale to your storytime repertoire or recommend it for one-on-one sharing.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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About the Author

Anna Dewdney dislikes shopping almost as much as Llama Llama. She lives with her two daughters, a dog, and a pickup truck in southern Vermont.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: Llama Llama
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; First edition, first printing (stated) edition (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670062409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062409
  • ASIN: 0670062405
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (284 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711 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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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Judy on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just wanted to address the concern that this book condones tantrums. It's true, that Llama has a bit of a meltdown in the store with his Mama. He is frustrated, getting hungry and bored, and doesn't like to shop. Mama Llama handles this wonderfully. She first empathizes with her little one - helping him understand that they're on the same side and can work together as a team to get through an experience which is challenging for both of them - teaching compassion and teamwork. She then helps him right his wrong - cleaning up the mess that he made during his fit, which teaches responsibility. Then she follows through on keeping her word that they would go out for a special treat afterward - showing her little one that Mama is trustworthy. From a child psychology standpoint, this book is fantastic! I hope I can be just like this Mama when my little ones challenge me in this way!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal VINE VOICE on September 8, 2007
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This book could easily become one of your child's favorites, as its story is so honest and easy to relate to. When a mother llama takes her young son with her as she goes shopping, the boy gets so bored he throws a tantrum. She stays calm, however, and convinces him to shop with her as a team. Eventually they get ice cream cones and all is well.

The tale is told in short, witty rhymes that are fun to read aloud and say together. For example, the boy's growing impatience in a shopping mall is described thusly:

"Yucky music, great big feet.
Ladies smelling way too sweet.
Look at knees and stand in line.
Llama Llama starts to whine."

Like other good picture books, this one is effortless to read, as each of its 15 page spreads has only about four lines, like those above. The artwork, by the author herself, illustrates the shopping trip in an entertaining, colorful manner. Designed for years of use, the book has a reinforced binding, and a dust jacket that's printed with the same art as that on the cover itself.

This title is a followup to 2005's Llama, Llama Red Pajama.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Llama llama reminds me a lot of my children and I, well? Am not always as kind as Llama Mama. The good thing is, this colorful, amusing book is so much fun that it gets us talking about ways to handle situations with more flair and less fighting.

I was reading this aloud to my son at my local book store and a woman walking by looking for books for some children she knew said she HAD to buy it because simply listening to me read it made her happy. The rhythms and rhymes are fun and clever and the illustrations are icing on the cake. I never knew llamas could have such divine (and diverse!) facial expressions.

Also - what makes the art so exceptional is that it is very colorful and detailed but not TOO much to be overwhelming to the child so that the story itself gets missed by having "too much art."

One note - the age here says 9 - 12 in one section. I would think it is far more suited to late preschool, early elementary age children - although it is a read aloud older siblings would enjoy reading to the little ones.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By MoHill on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
this is a nice book with cute rhymes and lovely drawings, but i agree with a previous poster that the naughty little llama behaviour if done by my son would normally result in leaving the store and going home for a time-out. such a temper tantrum certainly wouldn't merit a treat from the ice cream store, as seen on the final page! but my son (almost 3) liked the book and it did prompt a discussion about whether i would react the same way as the ever-patient mama llama. (nope - my son didn't think so)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2011
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I've read quite a few reviews on this and I'm astonished at the decision-making authority over the family that a lot of folks on here give their children to decide when the family shops. Also, if the child falls asleep in the car, then they postpone their shopping trip? Who can afford that? The nearest grocery store from me is about 20 miles away so I'll be darned if I'll turn around and go back if my kids fall asleep in the car. I just make sure I don't do this around nap-time, but sometimes they fall asleep regardless. To let the child determine the parent's shopping schedule is almost like telling them they don't have to go to school because they don't feel like it and the whole purpose of this book is to show that sometimes we have to do things we don't like, but we suck it up and do them anyway. If you don't teach your children that, then you are setting them up for failure in the "real world".

I can totally relate to this story and although my sons have never thrown quite the enormous tantrum that Little Llama has done in this story, they have opened packages before checkout, thrown items out of the cart and pulled items off of the shelves despite being buckled in a cart and having my constant supervision.

Let's face it, kids have short attention spans and patience for shopping, but even more so, they have all this stimuli surrounding them and yet they are denied touching, tasting and playing with it during shopping trips. Regardless, parents must still shop and children need to learn tolerance for less than ideal situations. Llama Mama makes this clear in the book that she would rather be doing something else, too, but she still has to get her shopping done.
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