Miles to Go

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Hop in! Neon-bright illustrations depict a delightfully single-minded little driver sure to have readers clamoring to come along for the ride.

"Another day, another drive . . ." So declares Miles, preschooler and car enthusiast. He puts on his seatbelt. Check. He cranks the key. Check. Uh-oh, the horn is broken, but no time to fix it, because—"gotta go!"—Miles is off to school, zigging and zagging past sister’s trike and brother’s truck. The trip is adventurous indeed, with the neighborhood dog to greet, puddles ...

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Overview

Hop in! Neon-bright illustrations depict a delightfully single-minded little driver sure to have readers clamoring to come along for the ride.

"Another day, another drive . . ." So declares Miles, preschooler and car enthusiast. He puts on his seatbelt. Check. He cranks the key. Check. Uh-oh, the horn is broken, but no time to fix it, because—"gotta go!"—Miles is off to school, zigging and zagging past sister’s trike and brother’s truck. The trip is adventurous indeed, with the neighborhood dog to greet, puddles to navigate, even roads to cross (with Mom close at hand, of course). Jamie Harper’s adorable, energetic illustrations and wonderfully childlike sensibility will appeal to every busy little kid who loves things that go.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A preschooler aptly named Miles loves to ride his jaunty yellow pedal race car to preschool (with his mother close behind), pretending that the journey is full of tests worthy of the autobahn: "Watch out for the four-wheeler!" thinks Miles as he veers away from a baby in a stroller. Harper's (the Baby Bundt books) collages are high performance all the way: a zippy mélange of rubber stamps and other media, they have a cool, three-dimensional feel, conveying the pluck of a wide-eyed but hardcore enthusiast while giving the action scenes an authentic dynamism. When Miles's car "zigs around his sister's trike" and "zags around his brother's truck" in the driveway, readers can almost feel the tilt. And an approaching puddle becomes an opportunity for an impromptu (and very wet) car wash. The text is surprisingly straightforward considering the subject matter, though Harper adds a little drama by saddling Miles with a broken horn and includes subtle nods to the habits of adult drivers ("Red light. C'mon, green," Miles complains, his eyes on the light) that kids and parents will be quick to recognize. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Leading Mom and aware that his horn is broken, Miles zigzags and zooms along the sidewalks. Propelling his yellow race car with his feet, the youngster just misses a "four-wheeler" (stroller) before tunneling through a row of hedges to get to school. Other kids show up in their own vehicles, too: a pink convertible, a blue sports car, and his friend Otto on a green motorbike. After school, in a spirit of true camaraderie, Otto helps Miles fix his horn by holding the flashlight. The instructive endpapers map the route from his red two-story house, past the house with a fence and bulldog, the mailbox, the big puddle, across the street, and so on. The kid-friendly illustrations combine block printing with cut-paper collage. Miles himself is decked out in a shirt printed with snippets of the map of Boston. For children who love following maps with their fingers, venturing out in motor vehicles, and accompanying Dad in the garage as he tinkers, this book will be a good match.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
This book proves that good things come in small packages. The opening line, "Another day, another drive," sends readers zooming off to preschool with the high-spirited Miles, feet propelling his convertible down the sidewalk Flintstones-style. Along the way, he gases up, clickety-clunks his flag along the fence, mails letters and cleans his car in a puddle. Upon reaching preschool, his car joins the many others belonging to his classmates. After school, Miles and Otto work on Miles's broken horn in their "shop" and take their rides out for a spin. Parents will be pleased with the safety checks subtly built in--seatbelts, waiting for a light to change and Mom pushing the car across the street. The rosy-cheeked Miles marvelously embodies the exuberance, imagination and passions of a preschool boy. The block-print, watercolor, ink and cut-paper illustrations create a feast of colors and textures without being overbusy. The endpapers feature a simple map of Miles's route to school. More than one imagination is certain to receive a kickstart thanks to this energetic young boy. Here's hoping there are more roadtrips in his future. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763635985
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,050,600
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Harper is the author-illustrator of MISS MINGO AND THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL and MISS MINGO AND THE FIRE DRILL, as well as the Baby Bundt books. She lives outside of Boston.

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