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Llama Llama and the Bully Goat
Contributor(s): Dewdney, Anna

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ISBN: 0670013951     ISBN-13: 9780670013951
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2013

Annotation: Following their teacher's lead, Llama Llama speaks to Gilroy Goat and tells him he should not act like a bully on the playground.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Schools; Fiction.
Bullies; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012048415
Lexile Measure: 330
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Llama Llama
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 10.25" W x 0.25" (1.10 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 161363
Reading Level: 1.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q62587
Reading Level: 1.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
"Being bullied is no fun... / Walk away / and tell someone!" Llama Llama follows his teacher's lead and tells a classmate to quit behaving like a bully. LL and friends tell their teacher, and "Gilroy gets a long time-out." The simplistic solution gives young children an easy-to-understand approach to coping with bullying. Dewdney's familiar character and the singsongy rhyming text help make the overt lesson palatable.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 July #3)

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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 December)

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, Canada

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