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About the Author

Hallie Durand is the author of Dessert First and Just Desserts, both illustrated by Christine Davenier. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing!, a School
Library Journal Best Book of the Year, as well as the illustrator of Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films, including The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076364496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644963
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in the farm country of upstate New York, at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains--there was lots of blackberry picking, pigs and chickens, cats and kittens, bikes, bees, homemade bread-and-butter pickles, sweet corn, and pure maple syrup. Lots of wood-stacking and lawn-mowing, too. My sisters and I (and later my brother) spent a lot of time making tiny campfires in the driveway and singing loudly in the hay barn. I still think of myself as a country girl in New York City, where I headed straight after college. Many years have passed and I'm still in love with the place--all these millions of people living together in relative peace--the sound and the stink and the beauty and the buildings--it's where I feel most myself.

My first novel was Dessert First, about a self-centered (but still charming, I hope!) eight year old who loves food, especially sweet food. There are three books about her in all, Dessert First, Just Desserts, and No Room for Dessert.

And in June 2011 came my first picture book, Mitchell's License, illustrated by Tony Fucile, about a kid who gets to drive his dad to bed. In September 2013 comes Mitchell Goes Bowling, and I'm grateful to Antonio and Larry at Hanover Lanes on Route 10 in New Jersey for helping me out with it. There's another picture book coming too, starring my son Marshall and his quest for gingerbread men--I love the title. It's called Catch That Cookie!, and it's being illustrated by David Small and published in Fall 2014. Hats off to Mrs. Gray at Morrow Memorial Preschool, in Maplewood, NJ, for the inspiration!

Please come see me on my brand-new web site, where I'll be writing a blog every month: halliedurand.com. I also have a facebook page: facebook.com/halliedurand.

See you around!



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Clever and full of good illustrations.
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He loves this book and chooses it as one of his stories to read almost every night.
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This is by far the hit of my 3 year-old grandson's summer!
PATRICIA J PARKER

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jlboat22 on June 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute and funny book for both child and adult. My three year old was laughing out loud!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PATRICIA J PARKER on July 15, 2011
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This is by far the hit of my 3 year-old grandson's summer! He's been laughing and squealing with delight. He's "driving" his mommas crazy ... into doors, walls, couches, etc.!! I think their ears are a bit sore from being the steering wheel!
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By Tammy on June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My 4-year-old son loves driving his pedal car so this was the perfect book for him!

Mitchell is 3-year-old little boy who never wanted to go to bed until his dad told him he could drive there in his "car" (aka - his dad!). Mitchell inspected the tires (feet), checked the engine (belly), and hopped into the driver's seat (on dad's shoulders). He cleans off the dirty windshield (glasses), puts the car in drive (using his dad's ears) and off they go. When he needs to pull the brakes he tugs on his dad's hair.

The next night he gave his "car" some oil (drink of water), closed the hood (shut his mouth), and got back into the driver's seat. This time he decided his car needed gas (cookies). The car spoke back and told him "no". They did a U-turn and went straight to bed. That night Mitchell dreamed of driving in a car to a gas station filled with cookies.

My child loved turning each page to find out what car part he would see next. He laughed each time. When we finished he wanted to read it again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a fun, cute, heart-warming book that had my four year old grinning from ear to ear. I even found myself laughing throughout the book! This book brings back so many memories of me becoming a vehicle for my kids. Talk about having a license, my girls would direct me like the best of them, just like you see from Mitchell. This is definitely a story that any parent will relate to and will enjoy and that any child will simply love due to the well written nature of the book, but also the crazy antics of the characters themselves. All-in-all this book shows the love between a father and child which is priceless!
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By Erin McGovern on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Although we do not own a copy of this book it will be made a permanent fixture to the kids book case soon. We originally checked it out from our local library right before vacation so the kids could have some new bedtime reading material. It was an instant hit, even with my 8 year old. She thinks it's hilarious and helps me read it to her two younger brothers. They all especially love the page where Mitchell drives his dad into the wall. "Ruh-Roh! BONK!" gets them laughing every time. If your kids love to laugh this is a great, light-hearted book to get their funny bones tickled. LOVE IT!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My boys are older, but even they laugh at this great story book aimed at the sippy-cup crowd. Mitchell's daddy becomes his vehicle, transporting him to bed. Mitchell learns how to operate his dad: the horn, the brakes, the steering. It's very cute - very nice, normal family.

While funny, I wish Tony Fucille had gone just a bit lighter on the physical battering - Mitchell really manhandles his daddy.
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