Monday, June 16, 2014

Llama Llama - The True Life Story

If you have a child between 18 months and maybe four-ish and you haven't heard of the Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney, you are missing out.  They are regular reads in our house and many of them are very short, which is always a plus for the parent trying to get their kiddo to bed.  And some cover great topics, like bed time, being home sick, and missing mama. 

But as I was reading Llama Llama Red Pajama the other night, a lot of various thoughts starting running through my crazy head. 

Before I start with my blabbering, here are the words of the book, so you know what I'm talking about.

Llama llama red pajama reads a story with his mama.
Mama kisses baby's hair. Mama Llama goes downstairs.
Llama llama red pajama feels alone without his mama.
Baby Llama wants a drink. Mama's at the kitchen sink.
Llama llama red pajama calls down to his llama mama.
Mama says she'll be up soon. Baby Llama hums a tune.
Llama llama red pajama waiting waiting for his mama.
Mama isn't coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret.
Llama llama red pajama whimpers softly for his mama.
Mama Llama hears the phone. Baby Llama starts to moan.
Llama llama red pajama listens quiet for his mama.
What is Mama Llama doing? Baby Llama starts boo hoo-ing.
Llama llama red pajama hollers loudly for his mama.
Baby Llama stomps and pouts. Baby Llama jumps and shouts.
Llama llama red pajama in the dark without his mama.
Eyes wide open, covers drawn, What if Mama Llama's gone?
Llama llama red pajama weeping, wailing for his mama.
Will his mama ever come? Mama Llama, Run Run Run!
Baby Llama what a tizzy. Sometimes Mama's very busy.
Please stop all this llama drama and be patient for your mama.
Little llama don't you know, Mama Llama loves you so.
Mama Llama's always near, even if she's not right here.
Llama llama red pajama gets two kisses from his mama.
Snuggles pillows soft and deep. Baby Llama goes to sleep.

And now for my blabbering...

First of all - it was spot on with how JJ lays in bed, then needs a drink, then calls for Mama (actually - he peaks out his door, looks down the hallway, and hollers, "Cass!"  It's the only time he calls me "Cass" and one of these days he's going to discover that usually I'm in my bed across the hall watching his every move).

Second - It gets a little scary.  When Baby Llama starts to panic and realizes he's in the dark without his mama and his mama might be gone (yeah - scary for a kid!), these are the pictures:

Third and finally- I realized this is a great book, but in this book, Baby Llama goes to sleep after Mama comes in just one time. That is so far from my reality. I decided the book needed some tweaking to represent a night in our house. Therefore, I proudly present to you,  the newest book in the series, Mama Llama Flannel Pajamas.

Mama llama flannel pajamas. Reads a story to Baby Llama.
Mama kisses baby's head. Mama can't wait to go to her bed.
Mama Llama flannel pajamas, is ready to watch her Netflix drama.
Baby Llama wants to play, Mama Llama wants Cabernet.
Baby llama in his pajamas, calls out "Cass" to his mama.
Mama says, "Get back in bed!" Baby Llama ignores what she's said.
Llama llama red pajama crawls into bed with his mama.
Mama doesn't know if she can handle, Mama's busy catching up on Scandal.
Baby Llama starts to fret, because of Mama's empty threat.
Baby Llama goes back to bed, and lays down his precious little head.
Mama Llama starts to hope, can I finally watch some Olivia Pope?
Baby Llama starts boo hoo-ing.  Mama wonders, "What is Daddy doing?"
Mama Llama flannel pajamas, hollers out for Daddy Llama.
Daddy and Baby start to jest.  Mama reminds them it is time to rest.
Mama's about to go to the Ritz, so in some peace she can enjoy some Fitz. 
Baby llama in pajamas, quiet in bed without Daddy or Mama.
Mama wonders- will it last? But all too soon that moment has passed.
Baby yells out through the house, "I need help finding Mickey Mouse!"
Mama walks across the floor.  Mama threatens to shut his door.
Baby Llama's feeling tough.  Maybe I should call her bluff?
Mama Llama reads his mind.  Mama Llama does not look kind.
Baby asks for another hug.  Mama can't resist her cuddle bug.
Mama Llama gives one last kiss, Baby falls into a sleepy bliss.
Mama Llama returns to her bed, visions of Jake Ballard in her head.
Mama wishes that just one night, Baby would go down without a fight.

1 comment:

  1. i. am. cracking. up.

    first of all, my son LOVES this book. i don't know if it's because i have it memorized so i just completely drown the story in theatrics to get me through it ... for the fifty-eighth time this week.

    secondly, i am forever making up my own words to the book. they sound very similar to yours! ...something along the lines of 'mama llama needs a drink while she cries over the dishes in the kitchen sink'...


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