Yasmin Shah lives with the noisiest family in the world. Okay I may be exaggerating slightly but for Yasmin this is exactly what it feels like. All squished together in a thin house squashed between two normal houses, she struggles to find a moment of a peace. Her only retreat is her tiny room at the top of the house in the attic. With everyone competing to make themselves heard and the volume level being constantly out of control, Yasmin decided at a very young age that there is little point in speaking. A chance encounter with a raggedy looking llama toy in a market one day, changes her life forever because Levi is a little bit magical. In fact Levi is so magical he comes to life but only Yasmin can hear and see him resulting in lots of mix-ups!. As far as Yasmin is concerned, Levi is ruining her life and has to go. But can Levi find a way to give Yasmin the courage to be who she really wants to be?
Annabelle has created a hilarious and heartfelt read that will leave you with a huge smile on your face. She has assembled a marvellous cast of characters which come bursting out of the pages giving you an immediate sense of the noise and carnage that fill Yasmin’s life, making it difficult for her to be who she wants to be. Misunderstood by her family, her refuge is a home for octogenarians where she thrives in a totally different environment. Despite Levi making her life miserable, he forces Yasmin to take a long, hard look at how she is choosing her to be by completely pushing her out of her comfort zone. There are so many moments when you could quite cheerfully throttle Levi for his ‘brilliant’ ideas to help Yasmin come out of herself and it’s the level of annoyance which makes this book so brilliantly funny. Allen’s illustrations perfectly capture the personalities of the different family members and the chaos and confusion unfolding as Levi wreaks havoc in Yasmin’s life. Fun, fast and frenetic, this book is a hugely entertaining read.
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Thank you to Hilary and Egmont for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this book. ‘Llama Out Loud,’ is available to buy now online or from your local bookshop. Please support independent book shops where you can.