Problems. I've got a lot of problems. Apaprenlty Gus is the man, or I should say pig, when you have problems. Gus of Gus's Garage helps a penguin stay cold, a walrus keep wet, and a rhino fit on a scooter; I'm sure whatever ails you Gus can build something to solve the problem.
Gus's Garage by Leo Timmers is creative and colorful. I absolutely adore the fact that all of Timmers' books are colorful, simple, and fun. He definitely has his own style, and it is definitely working for him. I read Franky which is also by Timmers not too long ago, and both of these books have the same feel. They are fun, creative, and involve building; definitely a win for any and all builders out there.
I also love the fact that even the endpapers in Gus's Garage is creative and fun. Timmers and Gecko Press focuses on the details, and it is applauded.
Gus's Garage gets 5 out of 5 stars in my book review. The pictures are fun, the text is simple and repetitive (which build early literacy development... aka really great for those 3, 4, and 5 year olds), and the things Gus builds are creative. Overall, this book is fun and well done!
To be honest, the repetitive phrase "Let's see. I have some bits and bobs. This goes with that. There. Just the job!" is not how I would write it. However, it is unique, and I wouldn't be surprised if that phrase doesn't sound odd in Australian or New Zealand since that is where Gus's Garage was first published. Even though the repetitive phrase doesn't flow how I would like, I think it is fun enough and doesn't bother me.
Amazon has the following book description:
"Gus's workshop is chock-full of odds and ends. When his friend Rico comes over with a problem, his scooter seat is way too small for a rhino, Gus finds just the thing to fix it."
Fixing problems and helping people out. We all need a Gus in our life. Who's the Gus in your life?
Happy Creative Colorful Engineering Book Reading, and happy Gus finding! ;)
Gus's Garage is officially available in the United States tomorrow; definitely give it a check out!
Gus's Garage by Leo Timmers
Rating: 5/5 stars
Best For: 3 to 7 years old, preschool to 2nd grade
Worth a Check Out: Yes!
Buy It or Not: If you have a builder.
Read Aloud: Yes!
Lesson Ideas: creativity, engineering, innovation, STEM
I received this book from Myrick Marketing in exchange for my review and honest opinion. All of my thoughts, opinions, and words are my own.