Llama Llama Meets the Babysitter

Llama Llama Meets the Babysitter
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May 04, 2021
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With over 30 million copies in print, Anna Dewdney's New York Times bestselling Llama Llama books have provided hours of comfort and fun-to-read-aloud rhyme.

"I have something new to talk about . . . tonight I will be going out," Mama gently tells Llama Llama.
At first, Llama feels okay with this. After all, Mama has gone out before and Gram and Grandpa have stayed with him. But this time they can't. Someone new is coming over, and the more he thinks about it, the more he worries! He knows he will be miserable . . . and then the doorbell rings. It's Molly from the ice cream store. What is she doing here? And she has ice cream! Maybe having a new babysitter isn't nearly as bad as he thought!

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picture book to help with new babysitters
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LLAMA LLAMA MEETS THE BABYSITTER is an overall fun new installment in the Llama Llama series. Following the usual format with rhymes and fun, detailed illustrations, in this book, Llama learns from his mother that she will be going out for the evening, and he will be getting a new babysitter. As Llama worries about the babysitter, Mama Llama assuages his fears with reassurances. When the new babysitter, Molly, arrives, Llama is excited to see what she has brought. They play together and have a great time. After Mama Llama comes home, Llama is excited to ask when Molly can come back again.

What I loved: Babysitters can certainly be a new and scary thing for young children, and books like this really help to prepare them for someone new. The book is very reassuring that although it can seem difficult, having a babysitter can be a lot of fun, and grown-ups will always come back. Told in the usual style, this book keeps things positive and sets a great tone for a new adventure. This would be a great choice for children who are reticent about babysitters in the toddler through young elementary school aged crowd.

What left me wanting more: The pacing and rhymes were a bit off in this one, and they felt a bit forced in places with a few stumbles as you read. There also was not clear speech attribution, so although it switches to first person in places, it is not always clear who is talking which makes it a bit harder to read and understand quickly.

Final verdict: With great illustrations and a helpful storyline, LLAMA LLAMA MEETS THE BABYSITTER is a picture book that shows all the joy of having a babysitter with plenty of reassurance. Recommend for toddlers through young elementary school aged readers.
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