Reviewed by David Savage
Gus’s Garage by Belgian children’s author Leo Timmers is a bright, bold and colourful rhyming picture book that children will adore.
Gus is a pig and owns a garage. He is a hoarder and collects and fills his garage with all sorts of seemingly useless bits and bobs.
When his friend Rico the Rhino comes along with his scooter that is just too small for him, Gus uses some of his bits and bobs to create a larger seat on the scooter so that Rico can be more comfortable. This leads to other animal friends coming along with their own unique problems which Gus helps them solve with ingenious creations using his collected junk.
Rico the Rhino gets a larger seat to make riding his scooter much more comfortable. Gina the Giraffe has an open top car but is getting a very cold neck so Gus creates a furnace powered tube to deliver warm air and keep her warm. Walter the Walrus is baking in the sun, so Gus adds a bath with extended pedals so Walter can still drive while soaking in water. Miss P the Penguin needs to cool down so Gus fits a fridge to keep her cool. Henry the Hare needs his truck to be faster so Gus fits a rocket blaster trombone. At the end of the day most of Gus’s bits and bobs have gone but he has just enough left to fashion himself a pedal powered shower complete with water, soap and shampoo to clean himself after a long day of helping his friends.
Gus’s Garage is an excellent picture with small rhymes and is beautifully illustrated. It is a great tale about helping others and recycling old junk. In this day and age when so much is thrown away, Gus’s Garage shows how the things we throw away can be reused for other purposes.
An excellent children’s story where the pictures tell their own story and the rhyming sentences make it fun and entertaining. We loved it.
RRP: £10.99 (hardback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.