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‘Monkey on the Run’ one of the ten best illustrated books of the year in the US

With the English edition of ‘Monkey on the Run’, Leo Timmers has met with recognition in America. Every year since 1952, the New York Public Library and The New York Times have given awards to the top ten illustrators who foster in children a love of reading and books. Out of all the titles to appear in the US in 2019, they have chosen the work of Leo Timmers, the first illustrator from Flanders to be so honoured.

Warning, Leo Timmers’s 'Monkey on the Run' may encourage bouncing and giggles — and thoughtful study, too.
The New York Times

‘Monkey on the Run’, a picture book without words, is the ultimate road book, packed with surprising and funny vehicles. We follow the adventures of a small monkey who goes off to explore a traffic jam. The book is full of stories and fantastic details in vibrant colours that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Leo Timmers at work in his studio © Els Gielen
Leo Timmers at work in his studio. Photo © Els Gielen.

Success in translation

A selection of Leo Timmers' work in translation
A selection of Leo Timmers' work in translation

Leo Timmers is no stranger to English-language readers. Gecko Press in New Zealand has published seven of his books over recent years, and at the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair it expressed great interest in his latest work. The New York Times has been following his oeuvre for a while too; it published a glowing review of Gus’s Garage.

Timmers’ success is not confined to the English language. His books have found their way to readers all over the world, having appeared in more than twenty-five languages.

A good year

This award makes 2019 a particularly good year for Leo Timmers. A few months ago his A House for Harry was chosen as Picture Book of the Year in the Netherlands.

In November Timmers will travel to New York to participate in an event celebrating the selection of Monkey on the Run as one of the top ten illustrated books of 2019. He will address the audience there. Flanders Literature has made a travel grant available for the occasion.