BOOK BLOG: Simon James Green

Llama Glamarama: a fabulous celebration of being yourself!

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“Larry loves to groove and mooooove … but will the others disapprove? Larry the llama’s big secret is that late at night, when no one is watching, he loves to DANCE. Then, one day, he stumbles upon the Llama Glamarama! Will this raucous celebration give Larry the pride he needs to bring his dance back home?”

Now. I was VERY LUCKY to have heard Simon James Green read this at the Scholastic Blogger event earlier this year and let me tell you, this book filled my heart with SHEER JOY and LOVE. It is such a wonderful celebration of being yourself, being different and being proud of it!

Llama Glamarama follows the story of Larry. He’s a llama who likes different things to all his friends. He has to hide the fact that he loves dancing from all of his friends because they don’t like it. He’s quite ashamed of this fact, until he finds that there are other llamas like him in the world. He leaves the comfort of his home in hope of finding other dancing-loving llamas like him and what he finds is that he can be who he wants and that he can celebrate what he loves! 

This is a gorgeous picture book full of colour and joy. The illustrations from Garry Parsons are just incredible. I was lucky enough to get a signed Llama Glamarama from Garry at the Scholastic event and it’s up in our school library quite proudly just being its wonderful self – the kids absolutely love it. 

I love how the colours reflect how Larry is feeling through the book. Where Larry is getting joy and being himself there’s a gorgeous, bright colour palette, and then when he has to be more subdued and hide who he really is, it’s a bit more dark and demure. Larry has such an expressive face and the illustrations just make me chuckle loads. 

This is a brilliant book to read to kids of all ages. It has a wonderful rhyming pattern that just always brings me such joy. Reading it aloud is as much fun as listening to it. This is a super book to celebrate the power of being different and the pride we should have in ourselves. I absolutely can’t wait to read this to the kids of all ages in my school to show them that being themselves is the most wonderful thing – regardless of what everyone else says around them. 

A massive thank you to Scholastic for sending me a copy of this wonderful picture book. It’s out in a couple of weeks time (June 4th I believe). You can preorder it now through all of the usual places. Support your local indie if you have one! 

Amazon preorder link

Waterstones preorder link

Happy reading everyone! Recommend me a fabulous picture book in the comments please!

S x 

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