When it comes to Anna Dewdney, folks are all about Llama Llama. With good reason; apart from Mo Willems’ pigeon, Llama Llama is the most instantly recognizable figure on Becky’s arm. We’ll be a the grocery store, or Disney World, or picking Dylan up from after-school care, and we’ll hear a small voice call out, “Llama Llama!” This is usually accompanied by some frantic pointing and pantleg tugging, until the beleaguered parent finally looks and sees the figure from their child’s favorite bedtime story.
But for my money, Anna Dewdney’s best book is Roly Poly Pangolin.
That said, we’ve got one pangolin in our son’s library. He’s got enough Llama Llamas to make a volleyball team:
My son loves them and my wife and I loved reading them, and now we love hearing Dylan read them to us. Llama Llama’s big appeal is that he’s Every Child with a layer of fur. Cute, but not too sweet like a Berenstain Bear. Playful without being a space cadet like Pooh. Just your average Llama, trying to be good.
Anna Dewdney had two appearances, one in the morning and one in the evening. Since Becky got tattooed in between, for the first time an illustrator got to see the result – in the flesh – the same day she drew it. Clearly, Dewdney approved.
Fun Fact: this tattoo from Anna Dewdney got Becky her first write up in Publishers Weekly. If you click that link and look closely at the picture of Dicky Magoo, you’ll see the Miami Dolphins losing in the background.