Llama Llama Mad at Mama

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
Llama Llama Mad at Mama Book Poster Image
Parents recommend
Silly story, happy lesson for parents, kids alike.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Child has a tantrum when he is angry, and his mother comes up with a solution that is positive for both.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the young llama has a temper tantrum and throws things in a store, but the mood of the book is very light and peace is made at the end.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUnicornKitten1470 April 5, 2021

Llama llama teaching bad manners

Read this book to my 3 year old and she was all mad at me the next day . I asked why are you upset she said " llama llama was so I am " This made me r... Continue reading
Adult Written byJie D. March 9, 2018
Kid, 10 years old May 30, 2015


Baby Llama throws stuff at the middle, but peace is made at the end of the book.
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat November 5, 2020

What's the story?

Llama Llama is forced to interrupt his play to do the Saturday shopping with his mother. When his patience wears thin, he whines and eventually throws a tantrum until his mother comes up with a wise solution to save the day.

Is it any good?

Young kids and their moms (and dads too) will relate to the llama's woes, written all over his face on the book's cover. Running errands can be very trying for all involved. But, as Mama Llama realizes, including Llama Llama rather than just dragging him along makes all the difference. And enjoying a little ice cream afterwards never hurts.

Author Anna Dewdney shows that she knows kid temper tantrums and all the triggers. She relays this reliable unpleasantness in language and expressive artwork (Who knew just how cranky a llama could look?) that will make kids giggle and parents nod in understanding at such "llama drama."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the things that happened that made the baby llama feel frustrated, from the time his play is interrupted to being strapped in the car seat, moved here and there as his mother shopped, and so on. How do you feel when these things happen to you? What would you do to let your mother know? What could Llama Llama have done besides throwing a tantrum? What did you think of the mother's solution?

Book details

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate