Monkey on the Run


Monkey on the Run‘ He’s off! He joins a caravan of vehicles, changing at every page. We watch Monkey traverse the snake- charming fire brigade. We see him soar through a champagne afternoon tea, cat catered for King Lion. Will he make it over a rats’ banquet? On he goes, through further traffic! A rolling, seafaring troupe hoist Monkey to the crow’s nest. Where will we find him next? This is a traffic jam to work through!

Leo Timmers is a Bookwagon favourite picture book maker. We love his Who’s Driving? and Gus’s Garage for example.  Monkey on the Run is a sophisticated creation in that it is wordless, with detailed, various, complex pictures working to tell the story. Where is Monkey headed? What is going on in the pages? There is so much to explore, enjoy and realise. We love Monkey on the Run and look forward to sharing it with our readers! New York Times Best Illustrated Books’ Selection

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Monkey on the Run

Leo Timmers

(Gecko Press)

Monkey on the Run through an ice cream van, a snake-magic fire retardant and a vehicle cavalcade. It seems there’s a traffic jam. It’s Monkey’s responsibility to get ahead and warn the drivers. Therefore, which route will he take?  What will he see and who will he meet?  There may be news! Thereafter, is it possible that King Lion could appear with his troupe of feline waiters? Might Monkey’s journey continue through a travelling aquarium? This traffic jam seems to be a sort of playground for Monkey as he leaps from one vehicle to another, discovering fascinating tales and curiosities along the way.
 Leo Timmers demonstrates his glorious, colour rich, storytelling picture book skills in this wonderful wordless creation. Furthermore, on every reading, we discover a little more to consider and rather more to question. This is like a monkeyish puzzle! There’s also a sense that the picture book maker is enjoying the opportunity to tease his readers! He insists that we read the pictures and find the meaning as seen in his website, it seems, through the intricacies of his pictorial storytelling.
We love the luscious artwork, humour and enquiry in this title, as we enjoy with other works by this writer, including Gus’s Garage. Bookwagon is proud to bring you a rich, curious picture book cavalcade!


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