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The Little Auto (Mr. Small #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Written by one of the most influential writers/artists of the 20th century, "The Little Auto" is now being reissued. Mr. Small has a shiny red auto, but he runs into trouble when it rains and he gets a flat tire. Then he is able to fix the tire, the sun comes out, and Mr. Small drives his little auto back into the garage. Full color.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published March 27th 2001 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1934)
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This picture book from the 1930s is absolutely charming in is vintage illustrations yet I think it would also appeal to children today who are interested in cars and/or the nuances of how things go and the activities that adults do.

Mr. Small owns a little red auto. One day, he decides to take it for a drive. This is the story of that drive, and all the things he does (like pump the tires and fill the radiator with water, drive through town, stop at stop lights, drive up a hill and down a hill, e
My nephew adored this book! His little eyes lit up as soon as he realized that this was a pleasing story about a diminutive man and his diminutive car. He wondered aloud where Mr. Small was going in his car, and he was fascinated by the convertible nature of the vehicle. "Convertible" was a new word for him today because of this book, and he even used it in conversation with his mother at dinner! Sweet, lovely book, with a very nostalgic quality about it.
Cute. We got an older edition of this book out of the library. The 1930s illustrations are appealing.
Nov 18, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
This is the first book in the Mr. Small series by Lois Lenski. I'd never heard of this series before, but the fact that it was written long before my father and mother were born was fascinating to me.

The book has a simple narrative that feels like a primer or early reader, and the words and pictures are quite old fashioned. I had to explain some of the narrative, since cars have changed dramatically in the last eighty years.

The book is charming, but not a particular favorite. We enjoyed readin
Really adorable.

Love the simple drawings and we (8 yr old & I) both laughed at Mr. Small's facial expressions at times. He seemed irritated anytime he had to slow down and we both thought he would love to run over something. Although it is better suited for the 4 and under crowd, my son still managed to learn a thing or two. The policeman having to change the light by hand for one.

I would gladly buy this for my younger nieces or nephew, but I looked and it doesn't seem to be in print anymo
A simple, old fashioned book about Mr. Small and how he takes care of his little red auto. My five year old loved this story. It seems very nostalgic, like a story my grandma read to me when I was a little. I am uncertain whether she read this actual book or just a similar story, but it still brought back pleasant memories.
Cute, simple illustrations. Mr Small is driving his auto through town (in the early years of automobiles). I guess it's cute. I have no strong feelings about it.
I was very glad to see the Little books come back into print a few years back. I loved them as a child and now read them with Sean.
Nothing brilliant, but the vintage illustrations are charming.
Mr. Small's automobile is adorable. Look. He barely fits in it.
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