I’ve been a huge fan of Leo Timmers ever since Gecko Press first introduced us to his work when they published Who’s Driving? Each book of Leo’s that Gecko publishes seems to be funnier and more clever than the last. Leo’s latest book from Gecko, Bang, is his best yet.
Bang is virtually wordless but Leo Timmers proves that you don’t need words to tell a hilarious story. It all starts with a book-loving deer who is driving his car while reading. Everyone knows that’s a bad idea and that it’s not going to end well. What starts off with one ‘Bang,’ quickly escalates into a multi-vehicle pile-up, with animals, food, clothes, and paint ending up in one huge mess.
I absolutely love this book! Leo brings his characters to life in his characteristic, vibrant illustrations. I love how each of the animals have their own distinct personality and a vehicle that seems to be a perfect match for them and their outfit. The cat has a very small, pink car and the rabbit has a very long car to fit all her children. Leo’s characters also have very expressive faces that portray all sorts of emotions throughout the story, from the horrified expression of the pig before he crashes, to the stressed expression of the mother rabbit.
There is a wonderful sense of anticipation throughout the whole book. Each time a new character crashes you wonder what effect it will have on the other characters, and it often has unexpected results. The sign of a excellent picture book is being able to turn the page and not know what will happen next. Just when you think you know how the story will end, Leo surprises you. Each time you read the book you’re bound to find some quirky detail you didn’t see last time.
The book has been beautifully produced by Gecko Press, with delightful end-papers and the wonderful fold-out page right at the end. One of the reasons I love Gecko Press picture books is that they produce beautiful hard-back editions that will be treasured for many years, and this book is no exception.
Bang is a picture book that adults will love just as much as children and you’ll want to read it again and again. Thank you Gecko Press for bringing us the magic of Leo Timmers!
Win a copy of Bang
Thanks to Gecko Press I have a copy of Bang to give away. All you have to do to get in the draw is enter your name and email address in the form below. Competition closes Friday 10 May (NZ only).