Agent Llama: Double Trouble by Angela Woolfe, illustrated by Dungan Beedie. Tiger Tales, 2022. 9781680102857
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 3
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? Agent Llama is back for a second adventure in this spy-themed picture book. Pasta is falling from the sky and news footage wrongly identifies Llama as the culprit. But wait, she’s been framed! Rhyming couplets describe her high-octane hunt for the doppelganger by motorcycle and jet ski, and even show her narrow escape from a pair of shark henchmen. When she reaches the bad guy’s lair, she unmasks Rogue Alpaca – Harley Hacker – and manages to outwit him in time to save the planet. The zany illustrations take their visual cues from James Bond and Austin Powers movies, featuring lots of high tech tactical gear and a swell hideout for Harley with decidedly mid-century modern decor.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot was incomprehensible: why pasta? Why did Harley want to destroy the Sun? Oh well, probably doesn’t matter.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book will mostly appeal to adult caregivers who can enjoy the Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt-themed banter, but 4-8 year old spy fanatics and llama lovers will also find it entertaining.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, especially if the 2021 book (Agent Llama) has been popular.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Date of review: August 9, 2022