By Leslie Lindsay
A bright and colorful rhyming story with a powerful message about celebrating differences, LLAMA GLAMARAMA is the perfect Pride picture book for everyone.
~Books on MondaY|Always with a Book~
Spotlight: Children‘s Literature
Meet a dazzlin’ dancin’ llama who learns to march to the beat of his own drum by strutting his stuff with Pride (and a funky feather boa)!
Larry the llama loves to move and groove! But will his friends all disapprove? Larry lives a slow and quiet life at the barn with all the other llamas, just the way they like it. But at night when everyone has gone to bed, Larry loves to dress up in bright costumes and DANCE! He has to hide this from the others, for fear that they won’t approve of his raucous ways. One day, he stumbles upon the Llama Glamarama, a carnival full of music, laughter, and yes – dancing! Will this vibrant celebration give Larry the pride he needs to bring his dance back home?
Kirkus calls LLAMA GLAMARAMA (Scholastic/Orchard Books, June 1, 2021) by Simon James Green and illustrated by Garry Parsons,
“a toe-tapping book about being true to yourself.”
“The energetic story is supported by colorful illustrations that read equally well from a lap or from the back of a story time group. The occasional witty aside will make caregivers and educators chuckle as they read the story again and again. The title will be on heavy rotation during Pride month, but it sets a catchy beat for all other times of the year as well. Will dance off the shelves.”
LLAMA GLAMORAMA has such a great message: we all need to be true to ourselves and celebrate the ways we are different…while also finding our own tribe.
I loved the flamboyance, the energy, colors, and fun this book brings…it’s truly like a party in a book.
Which brings me to this: you can create your own party at home for littles [LLAMA GLAMARAMA is best-suited for kids ages 3-5 years). Here’s what you do: you get a group of likeminded kiddos (and parents) together (safely, of course, bearing in mind COVID concerns), and create an explosion of color with watercolor paints, markers, dress-up clothes, glitter (if you dare), and music. Maybe even serve or create rainbow-themed food…
The author/illustrator has put together a fabulous suggested playlist, which I am completely geeking-out over:
- Everybody Dance–Chic
- He’s the Greatest Dancer–Sister Sledge
- I’m Coming Out–Diana Ross
- The Hokey Pokey–Ray Anthony
- YMCA–The Village People
- Macarnea–Los Del Rio
- The Locomotion–Little Eva
- Mashed Potato Tome–Dee Dee Sharp
- Try Everything–Shakira
- The Hustle–Van McCoy
- The Conga–Gloria Estefan & Miami Soundtrack
- I’m So Excited–The Pointer Sisters
- Night Fever–The Bee Gees
- Disco Infern0–The Trammps
- Daddy Cool–Boney M
Full-disclosure: every one of these songs is fabulous; I know them all by heart. You can search ‘Llama Glamarama’ on Spotify for the full playlist.
Why it’s good for kids with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS):
- Kids with CAS often feel ‘different,’ left-out.
- Music helps! Sometimes kids with CAS can sing before they can speak
- Expression through music can be fun, kinesthetic, and whole-body, this stimulates the nervous/vestibular system. Since CAS is a motor-neurological speech disorder, it just might stimulate some verbal expression.
- It’s about celebrating who you are–love, acceptance, friendship abound in this bright, bold book, but it also taps into those ‘darker’ emotions.
- Kids with CAS often have difficulty with rhyming. LLAMA GLAMARAMA taps into this in a silly, fun way.
- It’s multi-sensory.
Artistic image designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this #alwayswithabook #speakingofapraxia
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Simon James Green is an award-winning author and screenwriter. He contributed to the PROUD book anthology, and his successful Noah books (NOAH CAN’T EVEN, NOAH COULD NEVER, and the short story, NOAH GOES NUCLEAR) were optioned for television. ALEX IN WONDERLAND was nominated for the Carnegie medal and featured in Best Kid’s Books 2019 from The Guardian. His latest YA novel, HEARTBREAK BOYS will be published in June, along with his debut picture book, LLAMA GLAMARAMA, illustrated by Garry Parsons. Simon’s first middle-grade book, LIFE OF RILEY: BEGINNER’S LUCK publishes in September. You can learn more here.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Garry Parsons’ illustrative talent has afforded a wide and substantial list of clients in both publishing and commercial illustration.
In children’s publishing Garry has worked with many of the UK’s most talented writers and been published by leading publishing houses including Puffin Random House, Egmont, Hodder and Andersen Press including many foreign editions and is the illustrator of the best selling Dinosaur That Pooped series. Garry’s illustrations are regularly aired on the popular CBeebies’ “Bed Time Story” schedule. You can find him here.
ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Leslie Lindsay is the creator and host of the award-winning author interview series,“Always with a Book.” Since 2013, Leslie, named “one of the most influential book reviewers” by Jane Friedman, ranks in the top 1% of all GoodReads reviewers and has conducted over 700 warms, inquisitive conversations with authors as wide-ranging as Robert Kolker and Mary Kubica to Helen Phillips and Mary Beth Keane, making her website a go-to for book lovers world-wide. Her writing & photography have appeared in literary journals and online. She is the award-winning author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, soon to be released as an audio book by Penguin Random House. She is represented by Catalyst Literary Management & Writer’s House.
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[Cover and author/illustrator images courtesy of Scholastic. Artistic image designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this #alwayswithabook #speakingofapraxia]