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Motor Miles by John Burningham
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Motor Miles

by John Burningham

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Miles was a difficult dog. He didn't come when called, didn't like his walks, his food or other dogs, and he barked too much. Despite this, his humans, Alice Trudge and her son Norman, loved Miles a great deal. One of the few things Miles did enjoy was driving in the car, so the Trudges' next-door neighbor, Mr. Huddy, made a car just for this problematic pup, and things improved from there. Miles and Norman had many wonderful driving adventures together, until Norman outgrew the car. Would this be the end of their fun, or did Mr. Huddy have something else in store...?

An entertaining tale from one of Britain's foremost picture-book author/artists, Motor Miles is the kind of matter-of-factly fantastic story that is sure to keep younger children engaged. I appreciated the sense of humor and of fun that John Burningham displays in his story, and I greatly enjoyed his artwork, which has a wonderful sense of motion and of color, but does not draw back from the simplicity and white spaces on the page. The ending, in which it is implied that Mr. Huddy has built an airplane for Miles and Norman, is just right, concluding the tale in such a way that the reader will be thinking of what this canine/human duo will get up to next. Recommended to John Burningham fans, and to anyone looking for children's stories about difficult animal companions who prove to be worth the extra effort in the end. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 27, 2017 |
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.
  Jennifer LeGault | Oct 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763690643, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:55:11 -0400)

Miles the dog is unruly and disobedient until Mr. Huddy makes him a car of his own, and he takes his owner Norman on driving adventures.

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