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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

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Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.
Teacher has some things to say:
calling names...

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Llama Llama likes to sing.
Gilroy laughs at everything.
Llama sings out just the same.
Gilroy says a not-nice name.
Teacher has some things to say:
calling names is not OK.
Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?
Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Llama Llama is growing up—instead of being the source of “llama drama,” he’s more of a peacemaker in this empathic addition to Dewdney’s popular series. Rather, it’s classmate Gilroy Goat causing problems: he pokes fun at Llama and other students during circle time and throws a tantrum at recess. “Gilroy bleats and kicks the dirt./ He gets sand on Llama’s shirt.” Dewdney’s canvas-textured paintings continue to express the deep emotions of her characters, and the story espouses the value of getting adults involved when bully goats act out—and of giving them second chances. Ages 3–5. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary Agency. (Aug.)
(partial list) - Awards
Llama, Llama Red Pajama: New York Times Bestseller, Booksense 76 selection, Bookspan/Children’s Book of the Month Club selection, Texas 2 x 2 Reading List (2006), Wanda Gag Award Honor Book (2006), A Bank Street Best Children’s Book and Outstanding Merit title for ages 5 under (2006), A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy (Pennsylvania, 2005), A Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee (New Hampshire, 2006); Llama Llama Mad at Mama: 2008 Booksense Book of the Year Honor Book, New York Times Bestseller, Booksense Pick, 2008 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award winner, 2008 Alabama Emphasis on Reading Program winner; NoBunny’s Perfect: South Carolina Children’s Book Award, 2010; Llama Llama Holiday Drama: New York Times Bestseller; Llama Llama Home with Mama: New York Times Bestseller; Llama Llama Time to Share: New York Times Bestseller
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Llama Llama and his friends cannot enjoy their school day because Gilroy Goat is being a bully. He laughs at the other animals during circle time, and he calls Llama Llama a "not-nice name" when he tries to sing. Although Gilroy's teacher tries to correct his behavior, the bullying continues into recess (dirt throwing and destructiveness) until the llama calls him a Bully Goat. Realizing he's hurt potential new companions, Gilroy is happy to accept Llama Llama's renewed offer of friendship. Dewdney's characters are rendered in paint, pencil, and pastels. The victims, the bully, and even the witnesses all look scared, worried, or sad throughout the story. This book clearly shows children the social, emotional, and academic consequences of bullying, how to take a stand against it, and how to be tolerant of someone who needs a second chance. A great discussion starter.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Llama Llama loves the fun things he gets to do at school, but will a Bully Goat ruin his day? Writing, drawing, counting, playing with clay, singing songs during circle time--what's not to love about school? Well, being called names and laughed at for clapping and singing along, for one thing. Being the target of sand that's kicked and dirt that's thrown for another. Teacher has already made it clear that Gilroy Goat's name-calling will not be tolerated, but Teacher isn't near the sandbox. What will Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu do? Stand up to him, of course: "Gilroy, this is not OK. / Stop it, or we'll go away." They then walk away and tell a teacher. After Gilroy's requisite lecture and long timeout, kindly Llama Llama approaches him, offering to let him play. While the resolution is too pat, and everyone gets over their feelings unbelievably quickly, still, Dewdney's lovable Llama Llama offers children one strategy to combat bullying, all couched in her trademark rhyming verse and presented through situations that are sure to resonate with those new-to-school. Her textured oil, colored-pencil and oil-pastel illustrations shine when portraying the animals' faces--joy, discomfort, surprise, anger, stubbornness, disappointment are all crystal-clear on them. While children should not expect a Bully Goat to change his ways so quickly, this does provide them with some tools against bullying. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670013951
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Llama Llama Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 31,195
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Dewdney

Anna Dewdney ( is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Llama Llama series. She lives in southern Vermont.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    If you are not familiar with the great Llama Llama books then yo

    If you are not familiar with the great Llama Llama books then you are in for a real treat.  This is Anna Dewdney's newest picture book in the series and it is adorable.  Llama is ready to give us another life lesson -- so listen closely.  This lesson is about bullying and how to deal with it even at an early age.  I like the message and the fact that it is geared to younger children so they can learn exactly what to do if they are bullied or have a tendency to be a bully themselves.

    Gilroy Goat is not a nice goat.  All the kids at school are engaged in drawing fun pictures, singing great songs, writing stories to express themselves and learning to count.  Gilroy chides and makes fun of them which does not sit well with the group.  He thinks that everything that they are dong is silly and stupid and he finally says a "not-nice"name. "  The head authority (the teacher) steps in and she in no certain terms lets him know the folly of his ways and that that type of behaviour will not be tolerated in her classroom.  Dewdney writes in catchy ryhming verse:

    "Teacher has some things to say.  Calling names is not OK.  Being mean is not allowed.  Teacher says to stop it now."

    But Gilroy disobeys and at recess time he kicks sand and dirt on Llama and pushes Llama's friend Nelly into the sandbox.  That's it. They have had enough of his bullying and they go to the teacher to report his misconduct.  The teacher puts Gilroy on a long time-out so he can reflect on his bad behaviour and during this time a great transformation occurs.  The teacher finally lets Gilroy play again and to everyone's amazement they find he does learn his lesson and plays nicely from then on with the other children and becomes their friend.

    Oh that life could be that simple and lessons learned so quickly.  The whole point of the book is to open up a dialogue about what to do about someone who is acting in a bullying fashion.  You can discuss how to handle a bully - go tell someone - and do not let him get away with it.  Young students will benefit from the discussion about good behaviour, friendship and the necessity of seeking out an adult for help.  Dewdney does not portray the Bully Goat in a way that scares kids but even young kids will recognize that Gilroy's behaviour was not okay.  She also has Llama Llama and his friend Nelly Gnu stand up to the bully first before going to tell the teacher, which in itself is a very important life lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    My Grandson Loves All LLAMA LLAMA Books

    All of the LLAMA LLAMA books are great and in their own way teaches a lesson. My three year old grandson can't get enough he wants to read them over and over. This book is especially good because it address bullying for the very young. Can't wait for another new book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Bullying is not Good for anybody

    In a gentle way, kids learn that being a bully brings negative results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Great book for young children-

    My granddaughter began the llama series books a few years ago when she was three and a half. She absolutely loves them. She is now just 6. She looks forward to getting one on each birthday, and at Christmas, and sometimes just because. She also has the llama doll that she takes to bed at night. Well worth the money!

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    Posted August 9, 2013

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