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Not on par with the original Llama Llama series
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
My 3 and 1 year old love the Llama Llama series. The toddler appropriate sing-song verses make them engaging and enjoyable for all. I was saddened to hear that the author recently passed away but was happy to see her legacy continued with several new books.
While Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess has the same sing-song verses, the story itself is a bit odd. It centers on the idea that Llama Llama doesn’t want to clean up so Mama Llama talks about how messy and out of control the house would be if she didn’t clean. In the end Llama Llama happily cleans up. Is the message of cleaning up appropriate for toddlers? Absolutely. But the pretending about Mama Llama not cleaning the house (for 1/2 of the book) is a bit too out of reality for a toddler. I thought the mama not cleaning example went on too long.
Compared to the original stories that were wonderfully relatable and appropriate, this book simply misses the mark. My kids enjoyed reading it when it came yesterday. They requested it twice, but I don’t see it being a lasting favorite like the others.
I’m still hopeful for this series moving forward. We enjoyed Llama Llama Loves Read (the first Llama Llama not written entirely by Anna Dewedy) for its educational tidbits. I’m hopeful that the new authors will learn to better emulate Anna’s magic with a bit more practice.