We were recently asked to review Bing & Nero: Boy + Robot=Fun and it was a joy from start to finish. Bursting with vibrant and captivating illustrations by Inci Aler, this picture book felt cinematic, the story draws you in with the imagery breathing life into the wonderfully, fun and colourful world created by author Ingrid Williams.
The author allows the images to tell the story as much as the prose, to fill in the intention gaps (it is that which makes it so filmic), and it’s rare to find such an economically written, smart book for kids aged 3-5!
When young boy Bing is refused a dog, he decides to take matters into his own hands and makes himself a friend-a robotic friend from household junk. Nero is one smiley metallic wonder we could all do with in our lives and he makes great popcorn too!
From the moment he’s switched on, the house is filled with fun and adventure. This book is a celebration of friendship and a lesson to kids to let their imaginations go wild and create their own adventures! We loved it!
What’s more you can even get a film introduction to the characters here:
About the author:
Ingrid Williams is a native Californian who now lives with her family in Norway. She has had a successful career as a financial journalist for Dow Jones Newswires and as a copywriter for one of the largest creative agencies in Scandinavia, among other positions in the world of corporate communications. She is a recipient of the Humphrey´s Fellowship in Writing at Columbia University in New York.
About the illustrator:
Inci Alper loves to tell stories through her art. She works as a game artist and resides in the beautiful city of Istanbul. She is a daydreamer and she likes to escape into the world of video games for hours. She also secretly wishes she had a robot friend of her own.