Motor Miles

Motor Miles

Motor Miles
John Burningham

Jonathan Cape Ltd

ISBN 9780857551740

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.

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Motor Miles3/5

Motor Miles

John Burningham

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Miles is a dog. A difficult dog. A dog who doesn't like anything....apart from a trip in the car to the local cafe. His owner, Alice, decides she can no longer drive Miles around. Thankfully her neighbour, Mr Huddy, comes to the rescue by building Miles his very own car. With his human friend Norman beside him, Miles learns to drive and goes on many adventures. I would have liked to have read more about the adventures that Miles and Norman went on in secret before the book comes to a close with a lovely link to a potential sequel. When reading 'Motor Miles', you can't help but like the character of Miles and his relationship with Norman. It may strike a cord with children who have their own dogs and may even ignite their imagination of what adventures they would go on if their dog could drive. It would be quite easy to make some mathematical links to direction whilst reading the books, particularly when Miles is learning to drive his car. Overall, a beautifully illustrated, feel good story that I felt was only missing a little more content. Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Kyle Matravers, teacher.

Reviewed by: Kyle Matravers