What I loved: This is an action-packed picture book that will work well for spy thriller fans. The writing is clever with plenty of rhymes and quick turn of events, keeping readers hooked and on their toes. The crime may seem silly, but Agent Llama is on the case! There is a lot to giggle about in this comical story, and the plot definitely feels movie-quality. There is danger, intrigue, and trickery as Agent Llama recovers the Prime Minister's undies.
The illustrations are really fantastic, very high quality with expressive animals, bright colors, and plenty of detail. They capture the story really well, and with the accompanying text art, it's quite the adventure. I could definitely see this becoming televised as it has all the fun qualities.
What left me wanting more: I find it challenging when children's media uses violence, here "kung fu kicks" and electrocution from a trick handshake. It certainly would not bother some parents/readers, but this may work better for older readers who can understand that we shouldn't fight or hurt others. As such, I'd put this in more of the 6+ age range vs the current toddler/preschooler label.
Final verdict: With great illustrations and delightfully rhyming text, AGENT LLAMA is a silly spy thriller for children to enjoy. Recommend for slightly older picture book readers.