Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Read, Read, Read, said the Baby: Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum! by Anna Dewdney

This is a tie-in to the popular Llama Llama picture book series.

Each spread shows Llama Llama enjoying a different meal. He eats toast, eggs, and orange juice for breakfast, crackers and juice for a snack, peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, shops for fruit, vegetables, and other items at the grocery store (he gets a free pickle), a banana for snack, spaghetti and salad for dinner, and there's an ice cream sunday and a list of all the food he's eaten at the end.

This is a scratch and sniff book, so it smells a bit...strong. Dewdney's thick brushstrokes don't translate well to the finer detail needed for the variety of food in this smaller format; I thought at first it was a tie-in done by a different illustrator, but it appears to be her work. Although this is only a year old, I felt that it was already outdated with its reference to PB&J - something that's rarely served in schools because of allergies - and several mentions of juice which is being phased out as unhealthy for kids. The binding felt flimsy and the pages were thin cardboard.

Verdict: If you have really rabid Llama Llama fans, this novelty book is an ok addition, but I wouldn't spend the money on it as I don't think it will last for very long.

ISBN: 9780448496382; Published 2016 by Grosset & Dunlap; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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