Llama Drama by Yvonne Morrison, illus. Neroli Williams, Scholastic NZ
Pam is a llama who’s not content to just sit in the field and eat and sleep. She likes exciting things to happen. Which is why the other llamas are always saying, “Stop making a fuss. Stop making a scene. You’re just a llama drama queen.” But Pam continues to make a fuss over a green apple, a pretty daisy, a bee-sting – and being called an alpaca. Fortunately for Pam, she’s spotted by an animal talent scout and whisked away to star in a TV commercial... The rhyming text tells an amusing story, and the illustrations capture the emotions on Pam’s face as she acts up – big, brown eyes, long lashes, and a toothy smile. The pictures are done in watercolour pencil, using soft, cheerful colours and fine lines. I would recommend this as a read-aloud for slightly older children, about 5 to 7.
ISBN 978 1 77543 053 7 RRP $19.50 PbReviewed by Lorraine Orman