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Llama Llama Red Pajama (2005): What If Mama Llama’s Gone?

Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005)


The title character in his titular clothes decoartes the book cover.

Bedtime: every toddler’s greatest fear.
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A llama toddler is packed off to bed but wants attention in this cute, well-illustrated tale for toddlers. Separation anxiety is a big deal, and Dewdney does a commendable job of presenting it through a toddler’s eyes, but when we get to the book’s resolution, which of course happens in the space of a few pages, it comes off as being somewhat shallow. If easy reassurances could placate toddlers, we’d all be getting a lot more sleep at night. I have my hopes that repetition is the key to comprehension with this one, but I would have been happier had Dewdney maybe gone a little farther, either in the sense of “more detail” or in the sense of “just as shallow, but with more reassurances”, than she did. ** ½


About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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