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How Did Humans Go Extinct?

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Let’s learn about the most mystifying species to ever walk the Earth!

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What people are saying…

“A clever . . . way to bring awareness to the very real threats to humanity posed by war, climate change, and capitalism. A compelling and unique dystopian sci-fi picture book for early school age readers, this is recommended for all collections.”
School Library Journal

“A tongue-in-cheek invitation to make some choices about how we’d like to croak.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Comic book style artwork has great little details on what archaeologists may find in about 10 million years, and the reasons for our extinction are food for thought and discussion. A smart call to action from a different point of view.”
Mom Read It

“The curious protagonist loves learning about Humans and is so curious about what happened to them and this leads to a wonderful bedtime conversation. I love the curiosity this book exhibits as well as the reflection it will cause about our impact on Earth.”
Unleashing Readers

“If you are a person who loves dystopian books, this is definitely the book for you! This is an awesome book that talks about why humans might have gone extinct . . . We must take care of our planet and be kind to each other so that humans don’t go extinct!”
New Mexico Kids!, recommended by Sahana P., age 9

“Ten billion years after humans disappeared from Earth, young Plib finds them immensely appealing . . . Readers will undoubtedly see the parallels with their own dinosaur fandom.”
Publishers Weekly

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Age level: 5 – 9 | Grade Level: K–3 | Lexile Level: AD570L | F&P Text Level: P

Part of our Black Sheep imprint for young readers.

Plib is like every other Nøørfbløøk kid on Earth, except for one thing.

He loves humans—those horrible, terrifying monsters who dominated the planet ten million years ago.

Only one thing about the humans bothers Plib. What happened to them all? Did they turn the planet into an uninhabitable wasteland? Or did they turn on each other? Or did the humans die out because of something else they did—or didn’t—do?

Find the answer in How Did Humans Go Extinct?


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 10/19/21
  • IBSN: 9781617759277
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759635


JOHNNY MARCIANO is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator. His work for kids includes Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat and The Witches of Benevento series, as well as Madeline at the White House. He lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with his wife, twelve-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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