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Motor Miles By John Burningham

Motor Miles by John Burningham

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Summary

Until he is given his very own motor car and learns to love the open road!

This enigmatic story is a joy to read, gently exploring the transformational power of freedom.

Motor Miles Summary

Motor Miles by John Burningham

Miles is a very difficult dog... Until he is given his very own motor car and learns to love the open road!

This enigmatic story is a joy to read, gently exploring the transformational power of freedom. John's distinctive, expressive artwork is stunning, whether it's his instantly recognisable characters or the expansive, contemplative spreads of colour, as Miles discovers the joys of the road. This is a story that children will immediately engage with, while parents absorb the magically nostalgic air and subtle celebration of change and growing up.

Motor Miles Reviews

John Burningham, who has brought us so many memorable picture-book characters since Borka the goose with no feathers arrived in 1963, now introduces Miles, who is a very difficult dog.
Characteristically for Burningham - and this is an important lesson for children - misbehaviour does not mean forfeiting affection.
Instead, Alice Trudge and her son Norman, who own Miles, find what he really likes to do, which is to go out in the car. Taking him daily is time-consuming, so a neighbour builds him his own car and Miles learns to drive. He takes Norman to school, and the two have joyous secret outings. With his wavering, fragmented line and beautiful washes of colour, Burningham expresses character and comedy, and depicts landscapes through the seasons that are magical and seductive.
Everything about this picture book suggests freedom, in the style and the story. The tale is simple but encompasses kindness to animals, neighbourliness, the advantages of being practical and handy, the rewards of diligently learning a skill, a love of the outdoors, the pleasure of companionship, following your own inclinations and knowing left from right. There is a fun punchline too. The book might look sketchy, but it is just right.

-- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times *

October 2016 Book of the Month
There's a perfect simplicity to this book, the work of a picture book genius. Miles is a difficult dog, won't come when called, doesn't like walks or other dogs, barks too much. The only thing he does like, in fact, is going out in the car. Fortunately, the family's neighbour realises that what Miles needs is a car of his own, and offers to make him one. John Burningham's illustrations, simultaneously comic and serious, match his deadpan text beautifully; Miles and his young owner Norman are wonderfully realised characters; the colours glow: quite simply wonderful.

-- Andrea Reece, Lovereading4Kids * http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/13204/Motor-Miles-by-John-Burningham.html *

About John Burningham

John Burningham was born in 1936. He studied illustration at the Central School of Art. His first children's book, Borka, was published in 1963, and it was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal as the best illustrated book of the year. John Burningham collaborated with Ian Fleming on Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, designing the model of the famous car. He lived in London with his wife Helen Oxenbury, also a well-known author and illustrator. John Burningham died on January 4th, 2019.

Additional information

GOR011861585
9781782955559
1782955550
Motor Miles by John Burningham
Used - Like New
Paperback
Penguin Random House Children's UK
20170601
32
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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