A traffic jam becomes the ultimate playground for Monkey as he leaps from one vehicle to another, finding stories within stories
Papa Monkey and Little Monkey are on their way home. But the street is very busy and they are going so slowly! Monkey loses patience and jumps onto the fire engine. Up the ladder from there and he joins a TV crew! Then the rubbish truck, a rabbit takeaway stall packed with carroty treats, Arctic animals travelling by snow globe, a jewel thief’s getaway car...
Leo Timmers was born in 1970 in Belgium. At the age of 12 he started to draw comics and later trained in graphic design. He illustrates for magazines and newspapers and has released many successful picture books. He has a large following as one of Belgium’s pre-eminent picture book artists.
The silly antics of the little monkey provide forward momentum, but the details in each illustration kept calling us back for a more thorough examination.
The New York Times, New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books 2019
Weathered textures lend each vehicle a comic gravitas, and the way the conveyances interact offers mechanical and character-based amusement. Through it all, the curious little monkey remains admirably cool and mischievously confident—and as delighted by the surroundings as readers will be.
a satisfying addition to Timmers’ collection of crazy (but logical) cars.