Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gus's Garage - a bookwrap

Today's book is published by Gecko Press and it's origin is Belgium.  


"Timmers never skimps, painting with devoted attention every automotive detail and gleam in every chicken's eye."  
- starred review, Publishers Weekly

"Bang from @ Geckopress is THE maddest most irresistible picture book." 
 - Meg Rosoff on Twitter


Authored  and illustrated by Leo Timmers

Ages 3-6

ebook available

Some fabulous illustrations to enjoy...

About the book...

Gus is a very hard working pig who owns his own garage and junkyard.  He has an eclectic collection of odds and ends, this and thats, might-need-this some day kind of stuff scattered outside his garage.  He is famous for helping his friends who need extreme makeovers on their various modes of transportation. He is helpful,  reliable, and has a very creative imagination.

Rico, his rhino friend, has a problem in that his scooter seat is way to small for this behind so helpful Gus, using his junkyard stash, finds a creative solution to his problem.  Gus's other friends in need of his service arrive throughout the day asking his help to solve their dilemmas with their vehicles also... such as a much needed cooling system made out of an old throwaway fridge, (how cool is that?), and an abandoned tuba which serves as a rocket blaster. (burning rubber for sure!) 

The book is written in rhyming couplets which are spot on for this kind of book. The English text is by James Brown whose previous work for children's books has received critical praise.  The repetitive refrain muttered by Gus has you envisioning his brain working throughout his creative procedures: 

"This goes with that. There. Just the job!"

It is perfect for read alouds having the listeners repeat the words with him.  Now how fun is that?

As his day progresses and his huge pile of treasures shrink and almost disappear Gus is left with one more problem to solve.... his own?  Can he do it?  I am sure he will have no problems at all which makes a perfect ending to his day and to this book.  I highly recommend this book and I know you will be thrilled with Leo's fabulous acrylic illustrations and the witty details he's included into each one.  "Gus's Garage" is a book not to be missed.  

About the author/illustrator...

Leo Timmers was born in 1970, in Belgium. He is trained in Graphic Design and illustrates for Belgian magazines and papers as well as illustrating picture books.

He started writing his own stories gradually. 

In 2000 he received a Bookfeather award for his illustrations in 'Happy with me' and he won the annual Children’s and Youth jury Award in both 2005 and 2006. In 2007 he won with his picture book ‘Who is driving?' which has been translated into twelve languages.

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