Friday, October 30, 2020

Review - Llama Llama Holiday Helper

Llama Llama Holiday Helper

based on the books by Anna Dewdney
illustrated by J. J. Harrison
Date: 2020
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Licenses
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Celebrate the holidays with Llama Llama and all his friends in this beautifully illustrated picture book, based on the hit animated Netflix series!

Look out, world--Llama Llama is a TV star! The beloved character, made famous by Anna Dewdney's best-selling picture books, is the star of his own original series, now airing on Netflix.

In this beautiful picture book, Llama Llama and Mama Llama are just about done with getting ready for the holidays. So Llama decides to help out his friends -- hanging wreaths, decorating trees, and baking cookies. Join Llama, Gilroy, Nelly, Euclid, and Luna as they celebrate their favorite time of year.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I love the original Llama Llama picture books by Anna Dewdney. I've checked out the animated Netflix series and wasn't that impressed; the show is nowhere near as charming as the rhyming storybooks. So I wasn't sure I would enjoy this holiday picture book that's based on the TV series.

The story is decent and the illustrations are adequate. That's really about all I can say. It's very simplistic and aimed at young readers.

If your kids love the show, they'll probably like this book. But I would still recommend the original picture books over these tie-ins; even the shorter board books have an element of charm that this type of glossy, Hollywood picture book lacks.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.67 out of 5

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