Saturday 18 December 2021

Llamas in Pyjamas

Llamas in Pyjamas by Matt Cosgrove (Scholastic) HB RRP $17.99 ISBN 9781760978457

Reviewed by Nikki M Heath

Dharma the Llama is an ace babysitter. But how will she cope with zany twins Tru and Tori? By using stories, of course - and sending herself to sleep at the same time.

Those familiar with Macca the Alpaca, Dharma the Llama, and Cosgrove’s other books will not find anything surprising about Llamas in Pyjamas. It is an enthusiastic rhyming story with cute, enormous-eyed characters (including a cameo from Macca himself) and a warm-hearted ending. There’s a particularly fun vignette passage featuring the titular pyjamas, and kids always enjoy a story where the adult also falls asleep at the end.

Some of the Macca/Dharma stories tend to feel slightly didactic, and this is no exception. There is a very overt message of the power of books - which is a good thing, of course, and in this case isn’t likely to detract from small children’s enjoyment.

Little ones from 3 and Macca the Alpaca fans will have fun with this colourful bedtime book. 

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