Llama Llama Mad at Mama

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670062409
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/06/2007
Series: Llama Llama Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 31,132
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About 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.


What made you decide to write Llama Llama Mad at Mama?

I wrote Llama Llama Mad at Mama? because I knew that all little Llamas have to go shopping with mama (or papa, as the case may be) when they really don't want to, and I wanted to write about it. I also just missed Llama Llama, and I wanted him to have another adventure.

What would you like young readers to learn from Llama Llama?

I hope young readers will relate to Little Llama, laugh at him and with him, and cuddle up closer with their parents as they read together. I hope my books will deepen the relationship children have with their parents, and empower children through that relationship.

Are any of your characters based on you or your family?

I think of my books as "true" stories, meaning that they are based on the real experiences that I've had as a child or a mother. Certainly, I've spent many hours in the big box stores, wandering the aisles, listening to little children scream with frustration in the carts as their parents try to get them to stop. I've also spent a great deal of time with my own children (one of whom hated to shop), shopping on the weekend because I had to work during the week . . . .it's no fun.

What was your favorite book growing up?

My favorite book was probably Higglety Pigglety Pop, by Maurice Sendak. It's not his most famous book, but it is a great work of philosophy! Plus, it has wonderful drawings of Jennie the dog.

You have written as well as illustrated your own books. How do you come up with the faces for your characters?

I'm the sort of person who makes a lot of faces, whether or not I'm aware of it. If I feel something, it goes across myface. When I'm drawing Llama Llama, I imagine how he feels, I make the face, and I draw it. I think I must look pretty funny, alone in my studio, scowling at the paper.

What advice would you give children who aspire to be future illustrators?

Draw, draw, and draw some more! Look at lots of pictures, go to museums, and gets ideas from other artists. Make up stories and draw pictures to go along with them. Most of all, don't worry about drawing or painting the way other people do . . . .in the end, the way you draw is the best for you. Make the best pictures only you can make!

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Llama Llama Mad at Mama 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 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,
mrs.mackey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Llama Llama Mad at Mama" is a story of a little llama who is forced to go shopping with his mother when he really just wants to play. He ends up behaving really badly while in the store. His mother scolds him and reminds him that shopping is not fun for her either. She also tells him that it is a chore that has to be done. This story reminds me or when I take my kids to Wal-Mart. As soon as they hear we are going to Wal-Mart they immediately start with the I don't want toos. I read this book to my kids and they liked it. For the classroom, I would ask my students if they were ever forced to go shopping when they didn't want to. We would make booklets with brads and construction paper, and coupon cutouts. These booklets would be filled with items that you can find at the store. I would tell my students that they could take these to the store and try to locate as many items as they could while there. That way they would be mildly entertained while their parents shopped.
gingle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every mom can relate to this book, trying to shop and deal with your kid at the same time. Tells it from the kids point of view. Alexander loves this book.
katitefft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great rhyming modern fantasy for children. This story is about a mother llama and her tired and cranky llama son. While llamas do not have these people-like qualities in real life, children can still relate to the message this story sends about being patient and respecting mothers.
kthartig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Llama goes shopping with Mama at Shop-O-Rama. Llama loses his patience when they are shopping, because he is about three. Llama starts to throw food and smashes it. At the end llama gets along with Mama. Not much detail. Good for the very young.
yonitdm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book. It's got great cadence wonderful rhymes and engaging pictures. I even find it fun to read.
JenRobYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story about a young llama shopping wiht momma and getting very upset.
cuffindell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's shopping day for Llama Llama and his Llama Mama, but little Llama just wants to play. When Llama Llama gets mad at mama, watch out! Dewdney's clever rhymes and colorful illustrations will delight readers of all ages.
alebarbu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dewdney, A. (2007). llama llama mad at mama. New York: Viking. This book recounts in a very funny way the difficulties of shopping at the supermarket with a little one whose patience is very limited, and who would much rather be playing than shopping. When llama llama sends everything flying off the cart, Mama llama has to make a deal with him to get him to calm down. Finally, the shopping is done, and llama llama gets a treat. The fact that the main characters are llamas makes this book really cute for little children. It looks like the illustrations are partly oil on canvas, and the colors really stand out. Llama llama makes very funny faces that children could identify too. The text is very simple, and written in rhymes, which makes this book perfect for a read-aloud, and choral repetition. Ages 2-6.
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.