Written & Illustrated by: Anna Dewdney
Published in 2009
Genre: Picture Book
Grade Level: PreSchool-K
Summary: Llama Llama Misses Mama continues the adventures of Llama Llama on his first day at school. The story shows the little llama getting up and ready, then going to school. After Mama Llama leaves, Llama Llama starts to get sad and lonely. He refuses to join in any of the fun until the teacher finally tells him that Mama will come to get him at the end of the day. Llama Llama finally starts to have fun, and in the end discovers that he loves school.
I’ve got to be honest… I liked this book so much more than Llama Llama Red Pajama! I bought this book at the same garage sale as the other book, and after reading that I was starting to wonder whether this book was going to be worth it. This book is much better though.
I think this would be a fantastic book to read to kids when they are first starting school. It could be read at home or in the classroom. Those first couple of days can be scary, and I felt that this book really touched on the fact that it does get better.
As with the first book I loved the illustrations by Anna Dewdney. The pictures of the characters especially shine in this book. The backgrounds come off feeling a bit blurry, but this helps the reader to focus on the faces and emotions of the characters, which is what seems to be at the heart of this series.
I do have one big question after reading these books though… Is ‘Llama Llama’ the name of the character? Or is it ‘Llama’? In Llama Llama Red Pajama I believe he was referred to as ‘Baby Llama’. This is the question that haunts me…
Final Thoughts: Overall this was an awesome book. Much improved from the original Llama Llama Red Pajama. This book has changed my mind about the series, and I would be willing to read more of the Llama Llama books in the future.
I give Llama Llama Misses Mama five stars.