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Product Details

  • Series: Mr Gumpy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox (July 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849412855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849412858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,236,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Mr. Gumpy, who charmed us in Mr. Gumpy's Outing, is ready for another day trip--this time in his lovely red car. Once again, a veritable menagerie clamors to be included, and that's fine with amiable Mr. Gumpy: "All right. But it will be a squash." The day progresses nicely--until a dark rain cloud moves in. When the inevitable happens--the car gets stuck--no one is willing to help push.

"Not me," said the goat. "I'm too old."
"Not me," said the calf. "I'm too young."
"Not me," said the cat. "It would ruin my fur."

And the excuses go on. Luckily, in Mr. Gumpy's life, there seems to be a happy ending to every day, and so there is to this day.

John Burningham has been creating one award-winning picture book after another for over three decades. This captivating book is no exception. Winner of several awards, including The New York Times Book Review Outstanding Children's Book of 1976, Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car will delight children of all ages for many decades to come. Uniquely appealing illustrations pair with soothing, yet exciting text to build a story young readers (and listeners) will return to time after time. (Ages 2 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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"...a triumphant success. A real children's book; easy to read and lovely to look at." -- --Elaine Moss
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--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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And a pleasure for the parents as well.
Allie's Mom
This is a wonderful book, and one that I enjoy reading over and over night after night to our little boy.
sunny swimmer
Like Mr Gumpy's Outing, the pictures are marvelous, the story simple yet captivating.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Not unlike Dr. Seuss, yet somehow significantly different, the author of the Mr. Gumpy series has successfully combined simple, entertaining drawings with a unique, almost experimental style of children's writing that focuses on the sounds of words and their relationships with other words. Sound repitition plays a key role in the rhythm and tempo of the Mr. Gumpy books in the tradition of The Cat In The Hat, but with a much less silly tone. Burnigham, instead of make-believe words and characters, uses higher-level colloquial language and animal characters that can talk. The short adventures of Mr. Gumpy and his friends will be entertaining to adults and brief enough to hold the attention of young children, who really enjoy the active black and white pictures. This book must be read aloud to fully experience the polished sounds of the carefully chosen words. Read it to your child, and the sentences will dance off your tongue and perform a ballet for those wh! o are listening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2000
Format: Library Binding
My two-year-old absolutely loves this story. Ever since we've discovered it, he has me read it too him every night before bedtime. It is just as fun and amusing for adults to read as it is for children. My son loves to "read" along as he has memorized practically the whole book. The illustrations are great and only add to the excitement of the book. Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car is told in a simplistic manner that is even understandable to very young children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luca's Nana on August 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lovely, lovely book. Gentle ramblings through the countryside reminiscent of a bygone age. Highly recommended.
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By Allie's Mom on December 5, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car: Book and CDMy daughter's favorite book for quite a long time; she called it "The Rain Book," we think because she was so impressed by the wonderful evocative pictures of the stormy part of the day, just before the car got stuck in the mud. In reading the part about the efforts the children and animals made to push the car out of the mud, my husband took great liberties, adding his own verbs to the list in the book: "they pushed and shoved and heaved and . . . ." A perfect book for a small person to memorize and "read" aloud, long before he or she can actually read. And a pleasure for the parents as well.
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Format: Paperback
I can't really explain why this book is so charming or why 35 years after it was read to me as a child it delights our toddler when we read it to him. The illustrations are unusual and charming. The story is a simple one. Yet the whole thing comes together in a way that is quite magical. This is a wonderful book, and one that I enjoy reading over and over night after night to our little boy.
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Format: Kindle Edition
My daughter and I really enjoyed Mr. Gumpy's Outing, so I was excited to discover this volume at the library. Like the previous book, it tells a charming story of Mr. Gumpy taking all the animals and children out on an adventure--this time in his motor car.

The illustrations are fun. They use a lot of cross-hatching, which could make them feel harsh, but instead it lends a certain softness and feeling of the fuzziness of "the olden days". I also love that the motor car is a classic antique convertible.

So, everyone piles in, and then a storm comes. And the storm makes the back roads all muddy and the car gets stuck. Everyone tries to get out of pushing by making a bunch of excuses--and then they really get stuck. Finally, everyone gets out and helps to push the car out of the mud.

I think what I like best about Mr. Gumpy, though, is that he must know he's inviting disaster on these outings of his. And yet, he still takes everyone when they ask--and even invites them to come out another time. He has an abundance of patience and seems to enjoy bringing joy to the lives of his neighbors (be they animals or children).
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By Ulyyf on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very simple, very repetitive, not overly exciting but interesting and calming instead. Very good for naptime or bedtime.

Probably won't hold an older child's attention that well, so leave it to the younger end of the 4-8 crowd, and their younger siblings as well.
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Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
The quality of this book was disappointing. Besides being a great story the illustrations are what make this book special. Unfortunately the copy of these illustrations in the copy I received were weak colored and pencil lines mostly faded.
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More About the Author

John Burningham 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 Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1964); Mr Gumpy's Outing (Jonathan Cape, 1970) also awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Jonathan Cape, 1972); The Shopping Basket (Random House, 1980); The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin/Puffin, 1983); Granpa (Jonathan Cape, 1984) later made into an animated film and Oi! Get off our Train (Jonathan Cape, 1989) and various books for adults England (Jonathan Cape, 1992); France (Jonathan Cape, 1998); The Time of Your Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002) and When We Were Young (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004).

Tug of War was republished in 2012, and a special edition of Borka, celebrating 50 years in print, was published in June 2013. Picnic appeared in the autumn of 2013 and The Way to the Zoo was published in the UK in 2014. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is celebrating its 50th year in print with a limited edition in hardback to be published in 2015.

John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.

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