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.
One by one Gus’s friends bring him their vehicles and Gus solves their troubles with ingenious solutions. No job is too difficult for Gus!
Soon the workshop is almost empty. Is anything left to solve Gus’s own problem at the end of a long day?
Gus’s Garage is Leo Timmers at his best: effortlessly simple text, intricately detailed illustrations, and vehicles galore.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Kindergarten|
|Reading Level||Grade 1|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Number of Pages||32|
The New York Times Book Review
“[A]n amusing book to reread, since even the smallest details are assigned a narrative purpose. Clearly, one animal’s clutter is another pig’s livelihood in this buoyant, rhyming tale.”—The New York Times Book Review
Returning to the vehicular focus of Bang and Who’s Driving? Timmers introduces a string of animals who drive quirky cars and a good-natured pig mechanic who makes them even quirkier. Gus has a one-pump garage in the middle of nowhere and a stash of greasy, worn-out parts. “Whatever will he use them for?” Timmers wonders. A rhino in biker gear drives up on a too-small scooter: : “Gus, this seat—I’m overflowing.” Gus always says the same thing: “Let’s see. I have some bits and bobs. / This goes with that. There. Just the job!” A patched-up armchair, an extra rear wheel, and the rhino has a comfy new seat. To warm Gina, a giraffe, in her convertible, Gus combines a wood-burning stove with a stack of metal drums to make a towering heating system. A walrus gets hydration from a rooftop bathtub, and a penguin’s roadster gains a pink refrigerator to keep her cool. Amid all the fun, the emphasis is on imaginative tweaking, reusing things, and cheerful help, selflessly given. Mechanically minded readers will want to do what Gus does; other will wish he lived next door.
“[A] tale for young tinkerers and gadget-lovers.”—Booklist
Illustrator: Leo Timmers
Leo Timmers is one of Belgium's preeminent picture book authors, with a large and loyal following. Trained in graphic design, he illustrates magazines as well as picture books. He lives in Brussels with his wife and daughters.
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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. One by one Gus’s friends bring him their vehicles and Gus solves their troubles with… View available downloads →