Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him--walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?
Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.
Llama Llama is growing up--instead of being the source of "llama drama," he's more of a peacemaker in this empathic addition to Dewdney's popular series. Rather, it's classmate Gilroy Goat causing problems: he pokes fun at Llama and other students during circle time and throws a tantrum at recess. "Gilroy bleats and kicks the dirt./ He gets sand on Llama's shirt." Dewdney's canvas-textured paintings continue to express the deep emotions of her characters, and the story espouses the value of getting adults involved when bully goats act out--and of giving them second chances. Ages 3-5. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary Agency. (Aug.)Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
PreS-Gr 1--Llama Llama and his friends cannot enjoy their school day because Gilroy Goat is being a bully. He laughs at the other animals during circle time, and he calls Llama Llama a "not-nice name" when he tries to sing. Although Gilroy's teacher tries to correct his behavior, the bullying continues into recess (dirt throwing and destructiveness) until the llama calls him a Bully Goat. Realizing he's hurt potential new companions, Gilroy is happy to accept Llama Llama's renewed offer of friendship. Dewdney's characters are rendered in paint, pencil, and pastels. The victims, the bully, and even the witnesses all look scared, worried, or sad throughout the story. This book clearly shows children the social, emotional, and academic consequences of bullying, how to take a stand against it, and how to be tolerant of someone who needs a second chance. A great discussion starter.--Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, CanadaCopyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.