cover image Llama Destroys the World

Llama Destroys the World

Jonathan Stutzman, illus. by Heather Fox. Holt, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-250-30317-2

Co-creators Stutzman and Fox open this outrageous story of planetary annihilation with a prediction: “On Friday, Llama will destroy the world.” The seriously silly tale then details a single week’s events, beginning on Monday with Llama’s consumption of “more cake than any llama should ever eat.” His indulgence is merely the “first mistake” in what turns out to be a domino effect of cascading errors: on Tuesday his dancing pants don’t fit, but he squeezes into them anyway (“second mistake”), resulting in a “thunderous” rip that creates a black hole; on Wednesday and Thursday, he fails to warn of the world’s “imminent doom”; and on Friday, as predicted, everything ends. With clean lines, uncluttered digital illustrations focus attention on the ungulate’s day-to-day doings alongside incoming universal demise. Several pages of cyclonic chaos herald doomsday’s arrival, a whirlwind of pizza, plants, and planets. It seems that all is lost, but then Saturday rolls around, and the world is just as it was—on the other side of the black hole. By Sunday, Llama, with innocent saucerlike eyes, has moved on to contemplating “more pie than any llama should ever eat.” Dessert has never seemed so epic. Ages 4–8. (May) Correction: An earlier version of this review misstated the creators' relationship.