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Motor Miles (Hardcover)

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By John Burningham, John Burningham (Illustrator)
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This book was featured in our 2016 Winter Newsletter.


Miles is a difficult dog, until he gets his own car. . . . From picture book master John Burningham comes a delightful new story.

Miles does not come when he is called. He does not like going for walks, his food, other dogs, or the rain. What Miles does like is going for drives in the car. So when Mr. Huddy makes Miles a car of his own, Miles becomes a much happier dog. And now he and his friend Norman can go on all sorts of adventures! Inspired by his own dog, Miles, renowned children’s book author and illustrator John Burningham (who celebrated his eightieth birthday this year) creates a new picture book offering all the charm and exuberance of his best work.

About the Author

John Burningham (1936-2019) was one of the world’s most recognized and beloved illustrators. His work has received countless awards, including a Boston GlobeHorn Book honor for It’s a Secret! and two Kate Greenaway Medals. Over his fifty-year career, John Burningham wrote and illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Picnic, Motor Miles, and Mouse House. He and his wife, Helen Oxenbury, had three children.

Praise For…

From Burningham's first droll lines paired with his expressively simple illustration, readers will know they are in for a rare treat—a book whose strong substance and story eschew gimmick and gloss and whose mastery of visual and narrative understatement shines throughout...No one does whimsy like Burningham; no one.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The matter-of-fact narration makes the story of a car-driving dog entirely believable. The watercolor, pen, and pastel illustrations perfectly capture Miles’s postures and expressions to reveal his opinions and emotions. The spreads of the two friends traveling through panoramas of the four seasons underscore their joy and camaraderie. This whimsical tale of friendship will delight Burningham fans and deserves serious consideration for a place in most collections.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

That master of picture book fantasies involving vehicles, children, and animals (Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, rev. 2/72; Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car, rev. 8/76) returns, to utterly endearing effect...As always, Burningham controls pacing through a mix of vignettes, full-page illustrations, and double-page spreads; his pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings, in all their skillful lack of polish, are maximally expressive. A paean to difficult dogs and their owners, everywhere.
—Horn Book

Burningham’s matter-of-fact text and blithely inked illustrations embrace the comedy of the premise while capturing the close-knit relationship between boy and dog—especially when they’re tooling across an empty beach at sunrise.
—Publishers Weekly

Burningham has created another hilarious story for kids that will energize their imaginations and have them wondering, "what if?"
—Reading Eagle (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan)

It’s terrifically absurd – and thrilling...In looking back on the year 2016 in picture books, I know I will remember Norman’s hair flying in the breeze, as Miles drives him down the shore.
—Kirkus Reviews (blog)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763690649
ISBN-10: 0763690643
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 32
Language: English
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Created At: 11/15/2015 08:09am
Last Updated At: 5/2/2021 09:07pm