Parents' Guide to

Llama Llama

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Beloved books inspire charming, family-friendly series.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 3+
The people whining about the lack of a daddy llama or who think it "sends the wrong message" need tofl get over themselves. I guess none of you let your kid's watch Disney movies either because most of the princesses don't have a mother. There is no explicit mention reguarding the fact that llama llama doesn't have a dad and most kid's watching the show aren't going to pick up on it. The woman saying it "promots divorce" how so? There are MANY reasons for not having a parent. My Father died when I was 7. Something that was no one's fault. My children's father also passed away due to an unknown health condition when I was pregnant with my second child. Or perhaps daddy llama is in the military and that's why he's not around. Instead of complaining about it, maybe use it to discuss different family dynamics for a deeper learning opportunity. My daughter is obsessed with llamas and loves the book's. We also love the lessons in the series and personally, I love that single mom's are being represented in a posative light.

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age 2+

The dumbest parents ever

This show annoys the living daylights out of me. My daughter loves it so I let her watch it when I have other things to do. The parents in this show don’t listen to their kids and expect them to behave like adults. How is it that a buggy rolls away from the parents with a baby still inside and they don’t move a muscle to go after it? And the lessons aren’t always great either- the fit in the grocery store was clearly due to over stimulation which is a valid feeling and needs to be addressed and instead mama llama ignores her son and keeps him in an environment where he feels overwhelmed.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This sweet series is every bit as relatable and affirming as the books that introduced these delightful characters to millions of grateful fans. As in Dewdney's picture books, simplicity is key to Llama Llama's success. Everything from the classic animation style to the gentle dialogue serves to focus viewers' attention on the stories and their solid themes of friendship, family, kindness, self-expression, and self-control. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles here, but that's by design, and it works beautifully for the show's purpose.

Even without knowing the books, viewers will quickly fall in love with plucky Llama Llama, stalwart Mama Llama, and the assortment of other animal characters who populate these endearing stories. Happily, the tales lean heavily on the books' content for inspiration, so the episodes will look and sound familiar to fans who have read (or listened to) them, even if the conversational dialogue takes some getting used to after Dewdney's trademark rhyming verse. Perhaps best of all, such strong crossover between written word and screen entertainment is an excellent opportunity for parents to enjoy the heartwarming Llama Llama stories in both forms with their kids.

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