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Monday, August 24, 2015

llama llama gram and grandpa, written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney. Viking, Penguin. 2015. $20.99 ages 2 and up

"Who will take good care
of Llama?
Llama Llama's Gram and
Bag and fuzzy?
In the car!
Buckle up!
The drive seems far ...

Hugs and kisses.
Big hellos ... "

In this newest adventure, Llama Llama is off to have his first sleepover. His mama helps him pack his bag, while sharing his excitement for the visit with Gram and Grandpa. A long ride in the car, a quick goodbye, and the three are ready to settle in. They have a snack, unpack his bag and make a distressing discovery.

Fuzzy Llama is not in his backpack, Mama is nowhere to be seen - Llama is no longer happy with this new situation. To distract him, Gram and Grandpa take him outside where he helps with mowing and the garden. A niggling thought comes to mind:

"Llama's having fun.
But ... oh ...

Fuzzy is still left at home.
Maybe Fuzzy feels alone?"

Off to the workshop they go to build a little chair - another reminder that Fuzzy is not along for the visit. Soon, it's time to prepare dinner. Llama is a great help, the food is delicious, and the starlit night is a wondrous sight. Then, it's time to get ready for bed. Why so sad, young Llama?

He needs Fuzzy before he can go to sleep! No worries. Grandpa has the perfect solution.

Anna Dewdney deftly captures the feelings of the young in her Llama Llama books which make them perennial favorites for reading aloud. They tackle the issues of illness, bullying, sharing, waiting, homesickness, and anger. This one is perfect to be sharing for the upcoming Grandparents Day on September 13!

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