Deborah Guarino, is the author of the childrens classic, Is Your Mama a Llama? Selling more than a million copies, her playful books popularity spans two generations and is currently available in five different editions, including an animated DVD narrated by actress Amy Madigan and a lively musical version by composer Andy Mayo. It was also included in Oprahs Book Club for Kids, quoted in an episode of the prime-time series Medium, and endorsed by actress Jennifer Garner in People magazine, who recently became a literacy advocate on behalf of the Save the Children organization. The title of her book was even used, in 2010, as the answer to a $2000 question on the iconic game show, Jeopardy!
Most recently Deborah was honored by Denvers Preschool Program
in Colorado, which chose her book as its 2011 choice for the "One
Book, One Denver" event, during which 1500 copies of Is Your
Mama a Llama? were donated by corporate sponsors McDonalds and
Kaplan Early Learning Centers to preschool and Head Start programs
throughout Denver. During this event Deborah did tandem readings of
her book with Denvers Mayor and Colorados state representative, who
read the Spanish translation of the title while Deborah read the
original version. During her public appearances at Denvers famous
Convention Hall and at its largest public library, Deborah was
delighted to be accompanied by two live local llamas, both of whom
seemed to enjoy all the activities as much as she did! Born and
raised in New Jersey, Deborah later lived in New York and London,
where two of her original works were produced and broadcast by the
BBCs Radio 4. In addition to writing for children, shes an artist
and actor who also works as a freelance advertising copywriter,
editor, playwright, actor, director, and professional speaker who
frequently visits schools, libraries and literacy events across the
U.S., giving fun, interactive presentations on writing and the
creative process for children and adults alike. These presentations
include a reading of her book and the story behind its creation, a
question and answer period, fun activities like a narrated,
improvisational skit, interactive nonsense songs, and lively
performances of works in progress. Deborahs also the proud single
mother of two whose oldest son, Josh, currently performs stand-up
comedy in New York while Dan, a high school senior, hopes to pursue
a career in art and special effects. Deborah Guarino can be reached
via her website at www.deborahguarino.com.
Steven Kellogg has illustrated more than a hundred books, including IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? and THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH. He has also retold and illustrated the adventures of tall-tale heroes such as Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, and Johnny Appleseed. He lives in Essex, New York.
PreS-Gr 1-- An enchanting animal guessing game for preschoolers. Lloyd, a baby llama, asks each of his friends, ``Is your mama a llama?,'' and all respond in turn with a rhyming description of their mother that is answered on the following page. Young listeners will delight in the playful rhythm of the text, and each riddle is sure to result in a resounding chorus of response. Kellogg's full-color illustrations of animals in their natural surroundings maintain their usual appeal and humor and will carry well to groups, while individual readers will be further rewarded by the subtlety and detail of the backgrounds. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA
Praise for Is Your Mama a Llama?
An enchanting animal guessing game. -School Library Journal