Book review: Motor Miles, by John Burningham

Burningham, John. Motor Miles. Candlewick, 2016. $16.99. 32p. ISBN burningham-motor-miles. Ages 4-7. P9Q9

Miles doesn’t like his food or his walks, and he barks too much. All he wants is for his owner, Alice Trudge, to give him a ride to the café. Fed up with satisfying Miles, Alice seeks help from her neighbor, Mr. Huddy, who makes Miles his own car, a red convertible. The vehicle gives Miles the freedom he wants as he takes secret trips with Alice’s son in all four seasons. Getting too big for the car, Miles might be in trouble, but Mr. Huddy finds another mode of transportation for Miles. Burningham’s typical eccentric characters match well with his line drawings enhanced by watercolors and pastels that reveal Miles’ expressions and body language. Somehow the author makes a dog driving a car perfectly acceptable but still very humorous.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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