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Friday 16 August 2013

Review: Bang

Oh my. What a ride.

This almost wordless book is a truly hilarious, spurt-your-coffee tale; one of those books where you see a page and you laugh BEFORE you've turned over to the next page because you just KNOW what's going to happen.

A deer is driving along reading a book when BANG! Yes, you can imagine what happens.

Behind him is a pig driving chickens, honking his (multiple) horns desperately, and unable to stop in time. BANG! Yes, you can imagine what happens.

Next is a giraffe with an awfully long scarf which slips from her neck. As she looks back to see it fly away--BANG! Yes. That's right.

As each subsequent animal drives up in their automobile, a new and very funny complication unfolds. I loved 'predicting' in my mind what might become of the truck full of fruit and vegetables, the convertible jammed with crying baby bunnies and the gecko driving a stack of coloured paint cans.

Sheer genius in creativity and also illustration, both children and adults will marvel over Timmer's absolutely stunning imagery, and the clever and brilliantly-thought-out way he combines the elements of each new vehicle into one rather chaotic scene. Splashed over a quadruple-page pull-out, this scene features so much to look at, the eyes boggle. In a good way.

A brilliant picture book, for kids aged 2 to 200.

Title: Bang
Author/Illustrator: Leo Timmers
Publisher: Gecko Press, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: 17 May 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781877579172
For ages: 2+
Type: Picture Book