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Mr Gumpy's Motor Car
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2012
Poor Mr Gumpy. You'd think he'd have learned from his last outing, but no! This time, he sets off for a peaceful ride in his motor car, but it's not long before the children, the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, the calf and the goat have spotted him, and they all want to come along too. As it's a nice day, Mr Gumpy decides to take the cart track across the fields, but it's not long before the sky clouds over, the rain comes down, and the car gets stuck. All that's needed is for a few passengers to get out and push, but everyone has an excuse. It's not long before the car is really stuck and then everyone has to help. Of course, at that point, the sun comes out, so they all end the afternoon with a swim!

Even though this book draws quite heavily on the central character's previous adventure - 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' - the story stands well on its own. As ever, John Burningham's illustrations are great, and the tale carries a timeless message about sharing and helping others. A lovely story to share.

This review refers to the paperback edition of 'Mr Gumpy's Motor Car' published by Red Fox in 2002.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2012
Ordered for grandchildren as remember these books what I was a child! Book has wonderful illustrations with a lovely story to go with them! Service from supplier was outstanding!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2011
A classic. My Year One class will love the repeated structure of the story and the lovely illustrations. Fits in perfectly with out transport and journeys topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2013
I bought this for my 4 year old who loves anything transport related but we were both disappointed with it. The story is very simple and old fashioned with only a line or two on each page. Suddenly you get a full page of text explaining why each animal/creature cannot help push the car out of the mud and then back to one line. I think we'll stick to 'Duck in the truck' which is similar but more engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2011
This book is so great in every way -- a true masterpiece!

I never tire of reading it aloud, even though I STILL don't quite know what the pig means when he says, "I've a bone in my trotter."

The charm never wears off!
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on 8 June 2015
this wonderful storywith its colourful illustrations is a favourite with my 18month grandson. its the book he always choses for our cuddles together
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on 3 May 2014
If you have read mr grumpy a outing then this goes nicely with that on the same theme. Whimsical illustrations add to the story and imagination.
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on 16 August 2013
Mr Gumpy's Motor car. This wonderful book arrived quickly and my grandson will love it. We love Mr.Gumpy and here is another book about him.
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on 7 May 2013
Great teaching resource that I used in class this week.

Lovely pictures and beautifully set out.

The children loved it.
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on 12 March 2014
Fantastic book have given it many times as presents to many children who all love it!! Great pictures and simple story line.
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