Monkey on the Run

Leo Timmers. Gecko, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-77657-250-2
In this wordless book originally published in the Netherlands, a monkey father picks up his child in a zippy-looking banana motorcycle and promptly gets caught in traffic. Rather than pout, the little monkey scampers out of the sidecar and into a series of adventures on the fanciful, Richard Scarry–esque vehicles ahead of them, swiping a pastry from a lion king’s luxury vehicle and swinging along the clothesline of a mobile laundry. Timmers (Gus’s Garage) lines up his marvelous wheeled contraptions along a single plane, the better for readers to savor all their eccentric details: a three-vehicle circus act includes a badger being shot out of a cannon; a bustling, water-filled “Octobus” transports commuting sea creatures; and a series of taxis all convey similarly shaped cargo. 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. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 01/10/2019
Release date: 03/05/2019
Genre: Children's
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