Llama Llama Wakey-Wake

Anna Dewdney, Author
Anna Dewdney. Viking, $5.99 (14p) ISBN 978-0-670-01326-5
Reviewed on: 12/12/2011
Release date: 01/05/2012
In his first board book, the star of Dewdney’s bestselling picture-book series models his morning routine for toddlers under the watchful guidance of Mama Llama. Unlike his earlier books, however, there’s no “llama drama” to be found: Llama Llama is sweet-tempered and cooperative throughout. “Brush your teeth and comb your hair./ Find some nice clean/ clothes to wear.” Llama Llama eats his breakfast and watches Mama prepare him a snack, before grabbing his coat and backpack. Dewdney’s quietly expressive paintings convey the affection between the llamas with sleepy eyes, gestural hooves, and tender kisses, as Mama sends Llama Llama off to start the day. Available simultaneously: Llama Llama Nighty-Night. Up to age 3. (Jan.)