The artwork, oh my goodness! The artwork! Timmers has beautifully balanced the amazingly intricate details of the characters and their vehicles against wide, boldly coloured backgrounds creating an experience so full of life and activity.
There is great appeal in the big range of animals throughout the illustrations, as well as in the vast number of vehicles that feature in the story. But the real fun is in the reader being asked to guess to whom each vehicle belongs. Clues are given in each illustration (i.e. such as in the colours or the style of clothes worn by each animal, or the accessories that they carry), which will encourage children of all ages to discover their inner detectives and drawn on their logic and reasoning skills to hazard a guess. Or, if you prefer, you can just wing it like my three year old.
The text is succinct, sure to hold onto the attention span of even the most restless of little readers, but as any great picture book does, the illustrations provide ample opportunity for deeper exploration and discussion, it's actually hard not to become engrossed in the fabulous details.
Gecko Press have an international reputation for beautiful books and Who's Driving maintains every single skerrick of it.
Title: Who's Driving?
Author/Illustrator: Leo Timmers
Publisher: Gecko Press, $ 14.99
Publication Date: 1 November 2009
Type: Picture Book