Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car

by John Burningham

Hardcover, 1976



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HarperCollins (1976), Edition: First American Edition, 32 pages


Mr. Gumpy's human and animal friends squash into his old car and go for a drive -- until it starts to rain.

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LibraryThing member conuly
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.
LibraryThing member angharad_reads
Eh. Friendly, but mindless; perhaps meditative. A book for a younger child than I'd expected.
LibraryThing member marietybur
Great artwork as always, humorous story of the man who is always joined by a menagerie of animals and 2 kids - this time for a car ride in the country. When the rain comes, they are persuaded to get out and push.
LibraryThing member achertok
Mr. Grumpy goes on a day trip, only to have his car stuck in the mud after it starts raining. Needing help, he receives none and everything he asks for help has an excuse. He does eventually get his car out, but realizing you have to be nice in order for people to help you out. Without politeness,
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it is hard for other people to want to help you out.
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LibraryThing member ageoflibrarius
Good vocabulary (squash, chugged). Children can identify the animals. This story is mostly about how not to be selfish about what you will and will not do, why excuses are not helpful and how to work together to get difficult things done. Good conversation starter there!
LibraryThing member ekrynen
This could be neat to discuss first, next, and last. The timeline of events is clear enough that younger kids could enjoy successfully discussing the order of events in this cute book.


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10.32 x 10.24 inches


069000799X / 9780690007992

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