Hello, friends! Our book today is Llama Destroys The World, written by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Heather Fox, a positively ridiculous tale of a llama, some cake, and the end of the world.
On Friday, Llama destroyed the world (it was an honest mistake). You see, on Monday, he came face to face with an enormous pile of cake – more cake than any llama should ever eat – and well, what’s a llama to do? He ate it all. Unfortunately, that was his first mistake… And with each progressive minor mistake, the end of the world grows nearer – all because of some dancing pants, a black hole, and one very silly llama.
Delightful! For those who enjoy their humor on the absurd side, this gleefully weird romp is all about the fun. There’s no lesson to be learned (unless you count “don’t eat too much cake or the sound made when you rip your pants will cause a rift in the universe resulting in a black hole that sucks everything to the other side”) – by the end, even Llama is back to his old ways (a pile of pie is just as tempting as the cake). Little readers will delight at Llama’s goofy face and minimal-yet-enthusiastic dialogue, as well as Fox’s adorable, cartoonish illustrations. JJ went wild for the daffy little llama, and I got to appreciate some solidly deadpan absurdist text, making this a blast to read together. The length was fine for any age and we just had a lot of fun with this one – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)