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Bang was awarded the Boekenpauw in 2012, the prize for the best illustrated children’s book in Flanders. The jury stated: “The story’s slapstick and the cheerful colours of the illustrations form a very attractive combination. It is very impressive to see how with the use of few words he manages to create a funny story that is filled with movement, and even a flicker of romance. The resulting happy chaos is perfect for the age group.”

Reviews

‘Bang from @Geckopress is THE maddest most irresistible picture book. Meg Rosoff on Twitter

Starred review. Watching vehicles bash into one another is a perennial rib-tickler for kids, and Timmers (The Magical Life of Mr. Renny) exploits this with a marvelously loony series of fender benders. The story opens with a self-referential gag as a googly-eyed deer in a bowler hat drives what appears to be the official Bang convertible, the back loaded with copies of this very book. He’s reading a copy instead of looking at the road when, “Bang,” he drives straight into a dustbin. Behind him, a man in a red jalopy filled with chickens sounds his klaxon, but it’s too late: “Bang.” A giraffe returning from a shopping trip is next; the force of the collision dresses the jalopy chickens in fashionable new clothing. An alligator with a load of tires smashes into the giraffe, and so on. No one is hurt, there’s no major damage, and a magnificent four-page foldout depicts the final catastrophe, which provides ice cream for all. Timmers never skimps, painting with devoted attention every automotive detail and gleam in every chicken’s eye, and providing a plausible cause for every new accident. Ages 1–up.  Publishers Weekly

 

 

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