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Llama Llama Loves to Read
Contributor(s): Dewdney, Anna, Duncan, Reed

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ISBN: 0670013978     ISBN-13: 9780670013975
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018

Annotation: Follows Llama Llama throughout the school day as the teacher helps him and his classmates learn how to read.

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Library of Congress Subjects:
Llamas; Juvenile fiction.
Schools; Juvenile fiction.
Reading; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2018289079
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Llama Llama
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.45" H x 10.45" W x 0.40" (1.15 lbs) 40 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Anna Dewdey passed away in September, 2016, at the age of fifty from cancer. A teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children, she continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog.

Anna was a warm-hearted, wonderful, wise soul who will be forever missed, but whose spirit lives on in her books.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
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. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #2)

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 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

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 School Library Journal.
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