Review: Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox (9781250303172)

The book begins with the prediction that on Friday, Llama will destroy the world. On Monday, it all began with Llama eating far, far too much cake. On Tuesdays Llama dances, so he tried to put on his dancing pants. He had to squeeze in to them because they didn’t quite fit due to the amount of cake he had eaten the day before. His pants ripped, creating a sound loud enough to enter space and create a black hole. On Wednesday, Llama noticed the black hole, did scientific calculations and then made a sandwich instead of letting anyone know. On Thursday, signs of doom started appearing everywhere. On Friday, everything was sucked into the black hole. But what will happen on Saturday?

I love that the entire plot of the book is laid out in the title and again on the first page. Llama is going to destroy the world and it will happen on Friday. That hangs over the head of the reader, creating a sense of real drama. It also allows the book to head in a wild and zany direction that is incredibly engaging and that only gets sillier as the week continues. The ending is a great twist in a book that looks a physics, time and space.

Fox’s illustrations are so funny. Llama has googly eyes and a comical face with plenty of expression. The different elements of the story are given heft and drama by the illustrations, including the ripped pants, the pile of cake, and of course, the black hole.

Funny, scientific and zany, this picture book is so much fun. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy provided by Henry Holt & Company.

2019 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2019 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards were announced last week by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. These awards are the only national book awards where the winners are entirely selected by children and teens. With over 24,000 votes cast in total, these are the winners:


I say OOH You say AAH There’s a Dragon in Your Book

I Say Ooh You Say Aah by John Kane

Honor Book: There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott



Back to the Future Safari Pug (The Adventures of Pug)

Back to the Future: The Classic Illustrated Storybook, based on the movie by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, illustrated by Kim Smith

Honor Book: Safari Pug by Laura James, illustrated by Églantine Ceulemans



Ghost Boys Sewing the Rainbow: The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Honor Book: Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown



The Prince and the Dressmaker The Poet X

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Honor Book: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo