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Llama Llama Mad at Mama

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

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by Anna Dewdney

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Yucky music, great big feet.

Ladies smelling way too sweet.

Look at knees and stand in line.

Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And


Yucky music, great big feet.

Ladies smelling way too sweet.

Look at knees and stand in line.

Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama.

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Editorial Reviews

Young llamas don't like shopping any more than human kids do. Llama Llama can't suppress his impatience with the endless aisles, the long lines, and the smells of the Shop-O-Rama. When the little quadruped throws a llama-sized tantrum, his mom calms him down and finds ways to make shopping more palatable for the whole family. A delightful rhymed story for youngsters confronting their first retail experience.
Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 2 up.

The author manages to show a toddler's view of a trip to the store, a trip the little one is not enjoying. After being dragged away from a happy time playing with his toys, Llama is strapped into his car seat, where he takes a little snooze during the drive to the Shop-O-Rama. It does not take him long to get tired of the "Yucky music,/ great big feet/Ladies smelling way too sweet/look at knees and stand in line" and so he, "starts to whine" He is out of sorts as Mama Llama has him try on clothes from the clearance shelves; he has no interest in socks and underwear. Then, as his mama shops for food, Llama Llama gets mad. Finally he hits fever pitch and has an all-out tantrum right there in the store and throws things from the cart. Mama Llama very patiently asks him to stop and explains how much she loves being with him and asks him to help her shop, and that makes all the difference. This story will strike a chord with moms who have been confronted by an overtired child while in the supermarket. The story tells of an everyday event in the lives of moms and their little ones in a way most everyone can relate to and appreciate. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford

School Library Journal

In this sequel to Llama Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005), the hoofed protagonist goes shopping with his mother. Gradually the small annoyances of the Shop-O-Rama ("Yucky music,/great big feet./Ladies smelling way too sweet....Try it on and take it off./Pull and wiggle,/itch and cough") send the youngster into a tantrum: "It's no fun at Shop-O-Rama./Llama Llama/MAD at Mama!" With admirable patience and parenting skills, Mama tames the "llama drama," explaining to her son that they can make the chore fun by working together. Soon Llama Llama is helping Mama clean up the messy results of his meltdown and complete their purchases, and then they are off to pursue more pleasurable activities. Children will giggle at Dewdney's rhythmic rhymes. The inviting, oversized paintings are bold and colorful, and Llama Llama's priceless expressions carry the emotional arc of the story to its gentle conclusion. Add this amusing tale to your storytime repertoire or recommend it for one-on-one sharing.
—Jayne DamronCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Llama Llama Series
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Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.42(d)
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Dewdney was 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 passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

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Llama Llama Mad at Mama 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is twelve niteny nine on my nook tablet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
these books send a terrible message to children! the character is a brat.
Kandy77 More than 1 year ago
Why would I want my children to learn that if I take them shopping, and they get mad and throw a temper tantrum, yelling and throwing things in the store, that they will get an ice cream cone afterwards? Llama Llama Red Pajama was really cute, but I can't bring myself to read this one to my children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure if its the book or the way I read this but he adores this book and the entire series. If you act out this book, kids love it.
NanaJF More than 1 year ago
This wonderful story helps to put into pespective the frustration a small child must feel when they are taken along to shop with Mama. What I love about these books is the calm and unconditional love and patience Mama Lama has with her small child. When I read these to my granddaughters, they listen intently and smile at the end when Mama Lama and baby are once again happy and enjoying being with each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all the Llama, Llama books. This one is great for my kids as they can relate to llama llama and his tantrums in a store. It shows the kids that they aren't the only ones who get upset and then shows how not to and how to handle the situtation. They just think it is a funny, cute book but they are really learning about social behavior at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Anna Dewdney. For sure she has been a child; I'm betting she is also a mother. Parents and children will laugh as they read it. The story is acted out in countless "big box" stores by countless people every day. The combination of a mother who must shop accompanied by a bored/tired/restless child for whom the session is lasting way too long. Mama handles the inevitable tantrum with grace and humor. Llama llama learns that it is possible for him to help rather than hinder. Much appreciated, I am sure, by management and other customers. I wish this book was required reading for all parents and children who don't do so well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are good but they give a bad lesson to kids. I mean the main chareter throughs a temper tantrum in a store because its not fun. Really? Really?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son andI love this book! We have so much fun reading it! Love the story and the pictures. It is exactly what happens when you are at the store too long! Lol!
Brooklynolamel More than 1 year ago
She really enjoyed this. I am puchasing the others in the series. I expect them to be a hit as well.
Haley Jarosz More than 1 year ago
My little sister loves these books and I have to agree they are cute. The only thing is that she gotnthree of these llama llama books cheaper than the ebook one. In my oppinion, I am not impressed and didnt find it worth the money,
GrandmomSMB More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book to read to young children. Love the rhythm of the words. Well illustrated. Both children and parents can identify with shopping exerience that takes place in story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great!! My four year old loves it and could relate perfect. I will be buying more llama llama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dewdney's illustrations are as always wonderful, but I disagree with mama llama's response to her child's outburst and therefore am not as happy with this book. With her first book, you can see mama llama was cross, and rightly so, for little llama's outburst. Here, the tantrum was bigger, but it seems as though little llama gets a pass for absolutely terrorizing in a store. Should my child throw cereal in a tantrum, my response would be a bit more than just an understanding, I agree shopping is no fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story sort of explanes to the readers not to get mad at your mommy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my daughter amd my favorite. And, really - this book is meant to be funny and poke fun of a situation that ALL parents have found themselves. It's not meant to be a story about a 'bratt' kid who gets his way. I adore this book!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We bought two Llama books and my non attentive, just turned three, twin boys are extremely engages I these books. Ink fact, they asked me to read it again last night.
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FoodieTT More than 1 year ago
The Llama Llama series is a favorite at our home. It tells a story about a temper tantrum while out shopping. It has a fun story with a good message for my child. It is rhyming, so keeps my attention as a parent too (which is important as we like to re-read and re-read our favorites!)
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My grandchildren love the Llama Llama books. There are excited with each new purchase.
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