Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review - Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa (Llama Llama)
by Anna Dewdney
Date: 2015
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from home….and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs. And there are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It’s not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he’s forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

In this story about the little llama, Llama goes to spend the night at his grandparents' house. He's having a great time until he goes to unpack and... Fuzzy (his toy llama) isn't there. (We actually see in the illustrations that it's been forgotten in Mama's car.) Llama's grandparents manage to distract him with all kinds of fun things, but when it's finally time for bed, poor Llama is beside himself. Luckily, Grandpa knows just what to do.

This is a highly relatable story that will likely resonate with anyone who's forgotten to pack something important. The solution is sweet; Llama has such nice grandparents. (And, of course, there's a reunion at the end of the book between Llama and Fuzzy, just in case kids are worried if they ever get back together.)

Seeing the aging llama grandparents illustrated is kind of fun. The facial expressions are pretty amusing. Just like in the other books in this series, the pictures are strong.

This is yet another great title in the Llama Llama series that I'd definitely recommend.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.43 out of 5

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