Book Review: Llama Llama Red Pajama

Where's Mama??

Where’s Mama??

We were gifted a copy of Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney and it quickly became a favorite.

After being tucked into bed for the night, the baby llama decides he needs his mama one last time. Baby llama calls for his mama, who is busy doing dishes downstairs and says she will be up in a minute to check on him. In the moments it takes her to finish up, the llama has scared himself silly over why she hasn’t rushed to his side. He basically has a conniption fit when she doesn’t come right away. Most of us parents can relate to this scenario, and so can our kids!

I glanced at the reviews for this book, and some parents thought it caused behavioral issues with their children. I was surprised (and maybe a little not surprised) at this. Some kids emulated the llama in order to manipulate their parents. Others were scared for the llama and had anxiety as a result.

These negative reviews were a pittance compared to the hundreds of five-star reviews. The illustrations that accompany the thoughts of this llama with the overactive imagination are priceless. The rhymes are clever and catchy and it’s the kind of book that you can read over and over and still enjoy it.

If you and your kids have a good handle on the difference between reality and fiction, I highly recommend this bedtime story!

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