Books by Leo Timmers

GUS'S GARAGE by Leo Timmers
Released: March 1, 2017

"Supersaturated hues and maximum automotive whimsy make this one to pore over. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Animal drivers in wacky vehicles visit the titular garage for special repairs. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2016

"The lively text supports the joy, but in this case, the delight is in the details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
An animal construction crew works each day of the week to complete a fun surprise for the neighborhood. Read full book review >
FRANKY by Leo Timmers
by Leo Timmers, illustrated by Leo Timmers, translated by Bill Nagelkerke
Released: March 1, 2016

"An imaginative and visual pleasure as well as confirmation that spaceships don't beep and blink but sound like spring cleaning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Sam knows that robots live on their own planet in outer space. Read full book review >
BANG by Leo Timmers
by Leo Timmers, illustrated by Leo Timmers
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A cautionary tale on the hazards of distracted driving? If anything, just the opposite, but it's sure a lot of fun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Silly results turn a multivehicle accident into a street party in this onomatopoeic import. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2013

"Neatly encapsulates the three-ring circus that is a little tyke's world and gives children an opportunity to practice all kinds of skills. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Richard Scarry has some competition in this effort, which follows a toddler-age bunny and his mother around town on their errands. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Kids won't recognize the homage to René Magritte or the elements of King Midas and 'The Fisherman and His Wife,' they'll just be busy giggling over the animated images. (Picture book. 5-7)"
What painter wouldn't be thrilled if everything he painted became real? Read full book review >
CROW by Leo Timmers
by Leo Timmers, illustrated by Leo Timmers
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Everyone avoids pitch-black Crow. In despair, he wonders what's wrong with him. When he hears a cheerful flock in the distance—specifically a finch, a parakeet and a chickadee—Crow tiptoes over to greet them. They flee at the very sight of him. Without a touch of color, "[h]e's not to be trusted." Crow has a stroke of genius...or madness? He paints himself blue and yellow like the finch, then green and red like the parakeet and finally pink and grey like the chickadee—but every time he scares away the little birds. What to do? In the midst of his tears, Crow is timidly approached by these same little birds, who thank him for saving them from those big, scary birds. Crow has found friends and a place at last. This allegory on prejudice is presented with an irony that should appeal to older readers, but it lacks the elemental beauty of Ashley Bryan's Beautiful Blackbird (2003). Timmer's 12 double-page spread illustrations, done in acrylic paints, are evocative and beautifully composed, with a wise use of white space—
genuine works of art. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
WHO IS DRIVING? by Leo Timmers
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

Young children will relish matching each vehicle with the appropriately costumed driver in this latest from Timmers. Keys in hand, four animals line up to get in each vehicle, but which one belongs? A turn of the page reveals the answer, along with the driver's destination. Toddler favorites abound—fire truck, race car, tractor and airplane. But a few curve balls in the forms of a fancy car, convertible and a jeep, are thrown in to stretch thinking skills. Timmers's acrylic illustrations are delightfully three-dimensional, appearing as if they might pop off the page at any moment and zoom right into the living room. Unlikely drivers and outfits will keep youngsters engaged in looking for more funny details. A must for any preschool group studying community helpers and careers. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >