Posts Tagged ‘Leo Timmers’

Monkey on the run

By Leo Timmers

ISBN 9781776572519

Gecko Press

Wordless picture books, or silent books, as they are sometimes known, are often sadly undervalued yet they offer so much. Children get to retell what they see or invent their own stories. Perfect for oral language, sharing stories and using imagination.

Monkey on the Run allows us the chance to be creative and interact with his delightful picture book.

Papa monkey and little monkey are stuck in a traffic jam. Little monkey decides to jump on to a fire engine and hop from one vehicle to the next in order to move up the line and beat the traffic. Papa monkey isn’t far behind but there are a lot of vehicles in the traffic jam and lots of drivers. We meet donkeys, giraffes, moles, pigs and even sea creatures all driving different cars and trucks. The pictures are brightly coloured, with heaps of detail and things to discover. Young children could name the animals, count and name the different type of vehicles, explore the pictures and of course, tell you their own imagined story. Definitely a book for having fun together with someone close.

 

 

Gus’s Garage

By Leo Timmers

ISBN 9781776570935

Gecko Press

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This book stands out with its bright bold colours. I love the birds with their cheeky faces as they sit either side of Gus’s garage on the cover of the book. They each have an eye on Gus making him the real focus of this fun picture book.

Gus is a great thinker and knows just how to solve his friends mechanical problems. All sorts of bits and bobs are used to fix problems as one by one they come to Gus in need of his help. After working hard all day helping others Gus finds he has his own problem to solve which he does just perfectly.

Leo Timmers is a writer and illustrator I follow. His work is bright and quirky with so much appeal that it is so easy to become a fan. You will certainly want to check out his other works. A great book to read again and again. I know wee ones will love pointing out the birds as they appear on each page. A delight to read and enjoy.

Franky

By Leo Timmers

ISBN 9781927271940

Gecko Press

Translated by Bill Nagelkerke

Franky cover

Leo Timmers is an award winning writer and illustrator and with his latest book Franky it is not hard to see why. This will surely be another winner.

“Sam loves robots. He is certain they live in outer space among the stars. Everyone laughs at him. No one understands him. No one except for Franky, that is…”

Timmers illustrations are quite detailed with heaps to ponder over but not too busy as to be a distraction. The colours are bright and bold and just perfect for young readers.  Franky and Sam have the most delightful facial expressions where their personalities shine through. Not always easy to do in children’s picture books but here Timmers does it brilliantly. This is a fun read about robots, imagination and creativity and holding on to your beliefs even when no one believes you.

A great wee read for pre-school children  but I can also see this picture book being used in schools, particularly in junior classes,  as part of the new makerspace programs.  Makerspace activities have much to do with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and this delightful book has Sam doing all that.

Sam thinks about what he wants, uses items around the house, and then with determination, creates his robot. What happens to the robot – well – you just need to get hold of the book. It is bound to become a firm favourite with young ones.

 

 

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