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Llama Llama finds a loyal following in midst of clinic mishmash

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but when I see a llama wearing red pajamas sticking its tongue out I become a bit skeptical. It helps a little when it's a children's book.

A couple of weeks ago I was in the clinic waiting room with my mom waiting to get a physical. I saw this book and decided to read it to my mom. It was called Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. We only had the chance to read a few pages before we were called in. We decided that we were going to request the book from the library so we could finish reading it.

It turns out that Ms. Dewdney has written at least four more books about Llama Llama and Mama Llama: Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and Llama Llama Home with Mama.

The stories are slightly repetitive. Each book goes like this: Llama Llama and Mama Llama share and nice little family moment and they're both happy. Soon enough, Llama Llama starts to get antsy. No matter what they're doing this happens. Ready for it? Here it goes. For reasons blown way out of proportion, Llama Llama starts to throw a hissy fit. His tongue is out, spit and snot is flying, juice is spilling, socks are flying, and apparently "cheezee puffs" can fly too. In the lifelike pastel illustrations, the whole room is exploding.

Llama Llama's stuffed llama is always at his side through all of this. Llama Llama brings that stuffed llama everywhere. It's the same with Mama Llama and her pearls. She always has her pearls on, whether taking care of a sick Llama Llama, sick herself, shopping, or taking Llama Llama to school for the first time. I find it quite funny that a llama wears pearls. I guess you have to look classy some how.

What my Mama Llama and I don't get is how they hold onto things like pots, crayons, boxes and books. How does Llama Llama climb across the monkey bars? Mama Llama washes china dishes, for crying out loud! We just don't just don't understand. I know that I would definitely have some big troubles if I had two hooved fingers. I guess I'm not a skilled as a llama.

My mom and I couldn't help but notice Llama Llama's face at certain times. At first we couldn't quite place it. Then it came to us. He looked exactly like our friend Dahlen. Llama Llama's irritated face is the same as Dahlen's face all the time. Llama Llama's scrunched up unhappy face just jumped out from that pastel drawing like an old friend.

Most of the time, there isn't anything I want to read in the clinic waiting room. Reader's Digest, self-generated promotional magazines (what exactly is a "hospitalist"??), Highlights for Children, magazines celebrating celebrities and lady magazines full of recipes for food I wouldn't want to eat are hard to read.

Strange thing, but Llama Llama and Mama Llama lucked out this time. We came upon something worth reading in the waiting room. This Llama Llama discovered five new books for her Mama Llama to read to her while she was sick -- even if they are about strange llamas who wear pearls all the time and throw remarkable hissy fits in public.

Berit Ramstad Skoyles is a sophomore at Detroit Lakes High School.