Monday, August 12, 2019

Cómo Te Llamas? by Kristen Llamas, 2019

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Artist Kristin Llamas (her real name) has been drawing adorably odd portraits of llamas for years. Inspired by a name and her affection for these delightfully expressive animals, she creates detailed, personality-rich portraits in her realistic and humorous black-and-white style. The results are charming and funny, raising the question, which llama are you? Some mornings are Claire mornings. Allyn, we know just how you feel.... This smile of a gift book collects 60 of Llamas's most amusing and endearing portraits, pairing them with biographical quips and jewel-tone color washes to capture these llamas' quirky inner lives, and our own.
(160 pages)

I wasn't exactly sure what this would be when I was offered the chance to review it, but it looked so cute I grabbed at the opportunity.

And I'm glad I did, though I'm still not entirely sure what I just read. Every page has a different sketch of a llama, and each sketch is rendered in super cute detail with a funny caption giving the sketched llama a name and a small description. It's fun, but so random. I mean like really, really random.

After I read through the whole thing I passed it to my younger brother on a roadtrip. He flipped through it and looked a bit nonplussed. I think you have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate this book.

So yeah. It's a good (small) coffee table book, I think, but also just kind of strange. And all the llamas start to look similar after you've looked at dozens of them.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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