Sidesplitting middle grade comedy, with serious heart and one ludicrously loud llama
Yasmin Shah is a ten-year-old girl who is part of a big, noisy family and doesn’t ever speak. Levi is a rude, sassy toy llama, who talks A LOT and has come to wreak havoc in Yasmin’s life. Yasmin tries everything she can to escape Levi, but she can’t help being dragged along on his crazy antics – and every day brings a new surprise, whether that’s an erupting bin, a flying tuna fish, or a hat made from knickers. Life is never boring with Levi around – and could it be that he has a secret plan to help Yasmin find her voice?
Dazzling, anarchic comedy leaps off the page in this fast-paced adventure about finding your own voice.
Written by Annabelle Sami
Illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan
Published by Egmont Books
On Sale 09 July 2020
£6.99 paperback 9781405296991
Fun Facts About Llamas
- Llamas are smart and easy to train.
- Llamas have been used as guard animals for livestock like sheep or even alpacas in North America since the ’80s.
- Llamas don’t bite.
- Llamas are vegetarians
- Llamas can grow as much as 6 feet tall though the average llama between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall.
- Llamas know their own limits. If you try to overload a llama with too much weight, the llama is likely to lie down or simply refuse to move.
- Llamas are social animals and prefer to live with other llamas.
- A group of llamas is called a herd.
- Trying to tell the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Two obvious things to look for: Llamas are generally about twice the size of alpacas, and alpacas have short, pointy ears, whereas llamas have much longer ears that stand straight up and give them an alert look.
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About the Author
Annabelle Sami is a writer, director and performer who currently works in the arts. It was whilst reading children’s books when babysitting that she realised there was a lack of representation of funny girls and diverse characters in children’s books – and she decided to do something about it.
Growing up mixed-race, she never found her own life reflected in a book and now it’s her mission to make sure that every spirited, witty and adventurous girl has her own special book that she can relate to. Her middle-grade mystery series, Agent Zaiba Investigates, is published by Stripes. @annabellesami
About the Illustrator
Allen Fatimaharan is a rising star illustrator who was runner up in the FAB Prize for BAME authors and illustrators in 2018 and has illustrated picture book My Hair. @AFatimaharan