The Llama Who Had No Pajama by Mary Ann Hoberman Poetry Book Review


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Homberman, Mary Ann. The Llama Who Had No Pajama. Browndeer Press: Orlando, FL, 1998. ISBN 0152001115

Plot Summary: 

An anthology of 100 poems written my Mary Ann Hoberman. This is a collection for children. These are poems that children will really relate to and enjoy reading or listening to.

Critical Analysis:

This book was a hit or miss for me. I thoroughly enjoyed some poems, while others fell flat for me. Some held a flow and cadence that spoke to me, others felt like they were trying way too hard. She makes good use of literary devices, such as the alliteration in the snail poem. Clever and imaginative, these poems are sure to delight children.

Review Excerpts: 

From School Library Journal

” The selections are mostly humorous, sometimes contemplative, and deal with animals, family, play, and plain silliness. Hoberman’s rhythms are lively and agile, and her imagination and sense of humor are still in tune with young readers. Fraser’s simple but detailed gouache and watercolor illustrations exhibit the same qualities. The layout is masterfully varied and never overwhelms the poems”.

From Publishers Weekly

“This inventively illustrated collection brims with enough wordplay and silliness to please a room full of young wordsmiths.”

From Booklist

“Poems drawn from Hoberman’s previous works…are packaged to delight a new generation of youngsters. Children may be reminded of A.A. Milne’s poetry…but Hoberman’s poetry goes deeper, offering children a new way to look at things.”

Gold Award Winner – 1998 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)

Best Books of the Year- Child Magazine


Other Poetry Books:

Jazz by Walter Dean Meyers ISBN0823421732

Good Books, Good Times! by Lee Bennett Hopkins ISBN 0064462226

Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek ISBN 0786869429

Other books by Mary Hoberman:

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You ISBN 0316013161

A House is a House for Me ISBN 0142407739

The Seven Silly Eaters ISBN 0152024409

Enrichment Activity:

Discuss the difference between rhyme and free verse. Have the children tell you which is their favorite.

Teach the children about found poetry. Have them go outside and write a poem based on what they find.



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Adrinna Davis

Hello there! Not much to me, I'm just your average author and librarian who is obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Divergent, ect... who is married with two kids. :) And now blogger. I love children's lit and want to share with you all the amazing books I find!

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