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How Did Humans Go Extinct?

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Ten million years from now, dinosaurs are long forgotten—but the exhibits on humans are pretty cool.

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Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before October 19, 2021.

Part of our Black Sheep imprint for young readers.

One day many, many years from now, a young Nøørfbløøk child named Plib goes on a class trip to his favorite place—the Natural History Museum! Some kids love the exhibits on Outer Space. Others love the Evolution Room. Could Nøørfbløøks really have descended from frogs?

But Plib’s favorite displays are of human beings. Plib loves humans. All his favorite books and movies are about them, and he never goes anywhere without his trusted stuffy, Frank. He’ll never get to meet a human being, however, for one very simple reason: they went extinct ten million years ago!

But, HOW did humans go extinct?

Some of the theories Plib learns are silly, while others are sad; but all will allow the children of today to consider how their actions will affect the future. Johnny Marciano’s hilarious and timely story, brought to life by Paul Hoppe’s laugh-out-loud illustrations, provides a great vehicle for parents to discuss the environment, natural history, and global human behavior with their own curious Plibs.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 10/19/21
  • IBSN: 9781617759277
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759406


JOHNNY MARCIANO is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. His work for kids includes the Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat series, The Witches of Benevento series, and Madeline at the White House. He’s written nonfiction books for all ages like Anonyponymous. Marciano lives in Headquarters, NJ, with his wife, eleven-year-old daughter, two cats, and a dog. HIs latest children’s book is How Did Humans Go Extinct?

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PAUL HOPPE has illustrated various children’s books, including Good Vibrations (song lyrics by Mike Love and Brian Wilson), Neymar: A Soccer Dream Come True, and The Woods, which he also wrote. His work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and American Illustration, among others. Originally from Poland and raised in Germany, Hoppe works from a shared studio in the Pencil Factory in Brooklyn, and lives in Queens.How Did Humans Go Extinct? is his latest book.

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