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3.0 out of 5 starsDid not like the temper tantrum/terror of the dark in this book, but it is a well written and illustrated book
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2018
This book is very well illustrated and well written. However, there are two things that I didn’t like about the book. The baby llama throws a temper tantrum and and the entire book is about his impatience with his mama. Then there is a page or two of him suddenly getting really scared of the dark and the illustrations may be a little unsettling for some young readers. The colors, big eyes, and one page of him yelling at the top of his lungs in terror for his mama. It just feels weird whenever I read it to my 2 year old. However, this is just my opinion and I know many parents out there have no problem with it. Just wanted to share in case there is another parent out there that might appreciate this heads up.
This little book about a llama who repeatedly calls out for his mom in the night has somehow managed to disappoint two camps of parents: those in favor of teaching kids to “self-soothe” (because the mom finally comes into Llama’s room and responds to his “tantrum”), and attachment parents (because when she arrives, she chides him for his “Llama drama”). So if you are staunchly within either of these two camps, be advised you may also have some issues with this book.
1.0 out of 5 starsGave my toddler the worst nightmares!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
My toddler loves books and animals so I figured this would be a great fit. Once I read the book I instantly realized it’s encouraging bad behavior even though it tries to teach children to have patience. We tried it a few times and she suddenly started having nightmares and waking up screaming bloody murder, which she has never done before. We stopped the book and the terror sleeps stopped. Maybe this is okay for older children who know the difference between fiction & reality but not a good fit for toddlers. It also encourages that if a kid screams for their mama, mama comes running. Even if it’s for a glass of milk.
This was purchased for my son based on the message and positive reviews. However I’m really not impressed and it doesn’t hold his interest at all. He typically enjoys books that rhyme, but this is far too repetitive. Quite frankly I find it rather annoying to read.
I won’t bother returning this but will instead be donating it to charity in the hopes that it ends up in the hands of someone who will enjoy it more than we do.
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
If you search on YouTube for raps of this book, there are a bunch of videos of famous rappers putting their own spin on this book. I imitate one of them when reading this to my 8 month old and he loves it. It’s the only book he pays attention to.
5.0 out of 5 starsLlama Llama book arrived with a sticker saying it will be a Netflix Original Series, coming soon!
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2017
I've bought several copies of this book. The first one was for my DOG. He loves it and gets so relaxed by hearing the repetitive words of Llama Llama Red Pajama and he really likes it when I use my voice to be Llama's mama when she is racing up the stairs to find out why Little Llama is in such a tizzy. I make this sort of shrill yelling, like 'aahhhhhh, aahhhhhhh, aahhhhh,' to portray Llama's mama as she is running up the stairs and my American Bull Dog gets so happy and excited with that sound. HE REALLY DOES KNOW THE WHOLE BOOK. I've purchased other copies for friends. I realized the other night when I was feeling a little alone, and I was reading it by myself... that the book is really about comforting ME and so then I thought well if it can make a grown adult feel so loved, and a big mcfatty of a dog definitely feel SO LOVED, then I can only imagine how much it must fill the hearts of young children. I discovered LLRP books about a year ago and was so surprised to learn that it was first published many years ago. How had I not heard of this wonderful book and series of books by Anna Dewdney?! Then I learned that Mrs. Dewdney has passed away and my heart and mind is filled with so much sadness...I hope she knows how much love her books bring to so many. She had to be one of the most wonderful persons in the world to have created so much beauty and love. I got another copy today from Amazon to send to a special child I love. I also got the LLRP doll...for myself. Oh the places he will go with me! IMAGINE MY SURPRISE TO SEE A STICKER ON THE BOOK, LLRP, THAT SAID IT IS SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES! I can't wait; I'm so happy!
My 2.5 year old daughter loves the new Llama Llama Netflix show (and so do I), great stories with positive lessons behind them. I highly recommend it over Paw Patrol. With that in mind I purchased this book as it had great reviews and people repeatedly said "What a great bedtime book....". Wow...this is quite possibly the worst bedtime book I could read to my daughter at her age and current understanding of the world. It is equivalent to me watching "IT" right before bed. Quick plot summary- Mama Llama (ML) puts Llama Llama (LL) to bed and goes down stairs. LL doesn't fall asleep and starts getting scared and crying. Each page flips between LL getting progressively more frightened and scared and ML doing chores down stairs and not hearing him cry. There is a climax to the story where LL is filled with terror that his mama is gone forever and the illustration reflects that fear very well (even if you child didn't understand the words yet). ML finally hears the crying and runs in (also with a look for terror) and soothes LL and gives him love till he calms down and falls asleep. Lesson of the story - "Being alone is scary and if you cry hard enough and long enough your parents will always come give you attention"
First night after reading this book as a bedtime story what do think happened..... Second night same thing..... Third night.....book is now hidden in a closet and will become a gift to a family we don't like.
We spent a lot of time and hard work sleep training our daughter and this story almost unraveled all of that. Its been a couple months and she still referred to "crying for Mama...Llama Llama...sleeping..etc" and she now cries for us more in the night (before the book was basically never).
So buy at your own risk but I recommend trying a different book in this series. "Llama Llama and Friends" was our second try and its great.
The quality is good and h t ere are lots of pages. However, I can’t understand all the good reviews about the story. the book is about little lama being sad and in distress because mama left and he is left alone to sleep and only at the end mama comes and says all the right things. It made my child very upset and the ending didn’t make it any better. Didn’t get it
My then 2 year old son LOVED this book. He's 3 now and it's still his favourite. I enjoy reading anything to him that has a good rhyming rhythm, and this one has exactly that. Cute story.. Can totally relate to my child being just as dramatic and impatient! I recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful Bed Time Story with Lovely Illustrations. 5 stars!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2016
My son was introduced to this book at his play school. He was over the moon when he found that he had his very own book at home. He looks forward to bedtime with his favorite bedtime story. I think it also helped with transitioning him to his own room. We read it every night and he loves to pull the covers up like its illustrated in the book. He also says "sorry mommy" to me at the point the llama mama comes upstairs! There hasn't been a night my son hasn't smiled after reading llama llama and it has been nearly a month since we got it. As a parent I too enjoy reading it and the illustrations are very very cute, as is the rhythm of the story. Highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 starsI love this book and my son does too
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2016
I love this book and my son does too. It has a good message too - that even if a parent isn't right there with their child, they haven't forgotten them, and still love for them. It's just that they might have a thing or two to do on their own! I think it helps teach children that they are loved but not necessarily the center of the universe!