Cover image for Llama Llama Loves to Read
Title:
Llama Llama Loves to Read
Author:
Dewdney, Anna

Duncan, Reed
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Picture Book Fiction
Description:
Anna Dewdney's Bestselling Llama Llama series continues with Llama learning to read!Llama Llama learns at school. Counting, writing, reading, rules. Friends and school — there's nothing better. Llama learning all the letters!Anna Dewdney's beloved Llama Llama is growing up and learning to read! Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can't wait to show Mama Llama that he's becoming a reader!
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group

Viking Books for Young Readers
Date:
2018/05/01
Digital Format:
HTML
Language:
English

Summary

Summary

Anna Dewdney's Bestselling Llama Llama series continues with Llama learning to read!

Llama Llama learns at school.
Counting, writing, reading, rules.
Friends and school -- there's nothing better.
Llama learning all the letters!

Anna Dewdney's beloved Llama Llama is growing up and learning to read! Throughout the school day , the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can't wait to show Mama Llama that he's becoming a reader!


Author Notes

Anna Dewdney was born in New York City on December 25, 1965. She received a bachelor's degree in art from Wesleyan University in 1987. Before becoming a full-time author and illustrator, she worked as a waitress, a rural mail carrier, a daycare provider, and taught at a boys' boarding school for many years.

Her children's book career began in 1994 with her artwork for The Peppermint Race by Dian Curtis Regan. She went on to illustrate other children's chapter books in the 1990s. In 2005, the first picture book she both wrote and illustrated, Llama, Llama Red Pajama, was published. Her other books include Nobunny's Perfect, Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too, Little Excavator, and 10 more books in the Llama Llama series. She died after a 15-month battle with brain cancer on September 3, 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-The most discerning "Llama Llama" fans will approve of this brand-new story from the combined efforts of Duncan, Dewdney's longtime partner, and Morrow, a master in illustration style mimicry. The story follows Llama Llama to a setting readers will be familiar with, and builds on his previous experiences with classmates, like Nelly Gnu, and his teacher, Zelda Zebra. Duncan cleverly inserts many fundamentals of phonics and sight words using Dewdney's signature rhyming style, making this perfect for children who have outgrown Llama's preschool drama and are learning to read themselves. Early literacy advocates will adore this aspect, and public librarians will likely seize every opportunity to incorporate it into parent education programs. Like the other books, the familiarity of Llama Llama's situations and life lessons are comforting and encouraging without being patronizing or tedious. The narrative respects the innate creativity in children and is the perfect launching point for inspiring new readers to go out and experience the wonderful world of the written word for themselves. VERDICT Dewdney devotees and book lovers everywhere will approve and hope to see more from this duo and the Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust.-Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this addition to the Llama Llama series, carried on by the late Dewdney's longtime partner Duncan, the titular character learns how to read at school. "No two letters are the same,/ but every letter has a name:/ It can be said. It can be heard./ Letters together make a word." Llama Llama has a moment of frustration in class: "Llama's hooves wave in the air./ Some words are hard-/ it's just not fair!" Yet, at the library, Llama Llama and his classmates (including Nelly Gnu) are thrilled to discover that words come together to make books: "Look inside: O, what glory!/ All those words have made a story!" Morrow's illustrations strongly resemble Dewdney's in their range of expressiveness and the quality of warmth brought to the smallest of moments between Llama Llama and Mama. Ages 3-5. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

In this new story about Llama Llama, he and his classmates are learning to read. They start by identifying letters, then gradually (though it looks like the same day) are able to read simple words, then entire books. Sometimes-forced rhymes may impede readers of this book, whose familiar cheery cartoon illustrations will nevertheless be comforting (and welcome) to Llama Llama's fans. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Llama Llama is growing up and experiencing the frustrations and excitement of learning to read.Llama Llama knows the alphabet, but the next step is to put those letters together to make words. And putting those words together makes stories! Progress is slow going at first, beginning with familiar words such as Llama Llama's name and "love." But the pace picks up, and soon Llama Llama is a proud reader (all seemingly in one day). Some rhymes are a bit off, and the feel is more instructional than warm: "Words tell truth. / Words tell new things. / Words make songs / that we can sing! // Words are the very best of presents. / Words together make a sentence!" What shines is the tiny llama's perseverance and sense of personal achievement. "Who can't wait to read to Mama? / You're a READER, llama llama (sic)!" Duncan, Dewdney's partner and director of the Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust, collaborated with the late, beloved author on the text of this newest in the series. Morrow closely follows Dewdney's art style with bright, bold colors and expressive animal friends. Perhaps inevitably, the whole package doesn't quite feel like a true Llama Llama book, but it is an adequate example of the learning-to-read genre.Fans of the series will always clamor for more, but this is not likely to be one that they will ask for again and again. (Picture book. 3-6)