Mine! Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
OH, DISASTER! DOLLY DRAMA!
NELLY GNU HAS FUZZY LLAMA!
HE'S NOT HERS! THIS ISN'T FAIR!
LLAMA DOESN'T LIKE TO SHARE!
Author Anna Dewdney gets off a piquant pun to begin her newest llama drama, Llama Llama Time to Share (Viking, 2012). Mama Llama has a visitor, their new neighbors, little Nelly Gnu, Mrs. Gnu, and her baby brother.
Mama Llama is happy that her little Llama Llama has a neighbor playmate just his age, but she knows that cooperative play doesn't come easily to youngsters. As she shoos the two toddlers off to play in little Llama's room with his toys, she has some well-timed advice.
"DON'T FORGET TO SHARE" SHE REMINDS THE TWO.
Mama and Mrs. Gnu settle down for a cup of tea and a nice visit, while Llama Llama, with a worried look, escorts new Nelly to his toy box. After turning down several toys, Nelly chooses to build with Little Llama's giant blocks. Whew! There are lots of them, and Llama doesn't feel too attached to any one of them, and the two are soon cooperating nicely as they decide to build a castle together.
MOMS ARE TALKING. BABY CHEWING.
THAT NELLY GIRL! WHAT'S SHE DOING?
But then things take a tragic turn in the playroom. Nelly grabs Llama's beloved lovey, Fuzzy Llama, and seems to be making him her own part of the game. Llama is stricken. Fuzzy is his alone! He grabs. He pulls desperately. Nelly Gnu digs in and pulls right back. RIPPPPP!
The two stare in horror as they see one of Fuzzy Llama's arms in Little Llama's hands.
But it's least said, soonest mended, as Mama Llama steps in, quickly sews back Fuzzy's arm, and put him off limits until the two youngsters apologize and agree on how to share when they play.
Anna Dewdney's one-of-a-kind illustrations, deftly mated to her comfortable rhyme and rhythm scheme tell the all-too-familiar story well. Sharing things is hard to do, especially when the thing shared is a dearest possession, but Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu seem to have begun the transition in Dewdney's latest in her outstanding series. Llama Llama Time to Share is a welcome brand-new llama drama not to be missed.