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Motor Miles

Written by John Burningham

Illustrated by John Burningham

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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

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Motor Miles Synopsis

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 Press 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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782955559
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857551740
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782955559
Publication date: 1st June 2017
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About John Burningham

John Burningham (1936-2019) studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John’s first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career. John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children’s books including Chitty ...

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