Llama Glamarama by Simon James Green & Garry Parsons

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Published by Scholastic, 2020.

Llama Glamarama is a fabulous picture book about being true to yourself. Larry is a llama. He lives in the barn with the other llamas and, like them, he dutifully follows all the rules. However, he has a secret: he loves to dance. Larry knows that llamas aren’t supposed to boogie so he only dances at night when no-one’s watching. Except one night Larry’s friends hear his music playing and his hooves tapping. They come to his room to question him, and spot his ballet shoes.

Larry runs away. He feels lonely and sad being different and even considers giving up dancing. Then he sees a poster for a spectacular dance party – the Llama Glamarama. He decides to go along. All sorts of animals – including plenty of llamas – are kicking up their heels. He joins them and has the most wonderful day. Finally, he’s free to express himself.

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Later, he returns to the barn and opens up to his friends; he tells them that he loves to dance. His friends are very accepting and share the secrets which make each of them a bit different too.

The joyous illustrations are full of colour and energy. Larry is quite the trendsetter with his rainbow feather boa, fancy cowboy boots and sparkly red bowler hat.

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The book has lots of humour, I particularly loved the Llama Del Ray pun! Llama Glamarama is written in rhyme and is great fun to read aloud.

Llama Glamarama is a glorious picture book that celebrates difference and the power of acceptance.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 3+

Thank you to Scholastic for sending me this book to review. I reviewed it as part of the Llama Glamarama blog tour where author Simon James Green compiled a special dance party tour playlist to accompany the book. Click here to check it out.

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