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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The passing of Anna Dewdney and her reading of Llama Llama Red Pajama

Anna Dewdney, who wrote and illustrated the popular children's Llama Llama series that starred Baby Llama, passed away Saturday. She had fought a 15 month battle with brain cancer...

"Her children’s book career began in earnest with her artwork for The Peppermint Race by Dian Curtis Regan (Henry Holt, 1994). Dewdney went on to illustrate a number of other children’s chapter books in the 1990s. Then, in 2005, Viking published the first picture book she both wrote and illustrated: Llama, Llama Red Pajama. The humorous tale of Baby Llama’s struggles to get to sleep at bedtime received critical praise and became a hit with kids, parents, librarians, teachers, and booksellers. The series now contains more than 10 titles and has sold more than 10 million copies combined. Netflix is producing an animated Llama Llama series that is due out in 2017..." 
                                                                                     ...from Shannon Maughan, PW on tumbler

Llama Llama Red Pajama is adorable, and just hearing the words of the story puts a smile on my face. Here is Anna Dewdney reading Llama Llama Red Pajama... it should put a smile on your face too! Anna will be missed, but what wonderful books she leaves behind.

Anna requested that in lieu of a funeral service that people should read to a child instead. 


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