Night Driving
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Night Driving

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A warm-hearted portrait of a simple event that encapsulates the bond between a father and a son.

This warm and thoughtful story about a father and son on an all-night drive to the mountains is just right for Father's Day.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 15th 2001 by Square Fish (first published September 15th 1996)
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John Sullivan
This is a beautifully written and illustrated story by John Coy and Peter McCarty. The story is about a father and son driving through the night. There is not a lot of color to the artwork (the illustrations are done in pencil) but this creates a wonderful mood that is quiet and peaceful. The pictures supplement the text well, and could help younger students decode words and comprehend the text. In the future, I will have this book available in the classroom for students to read, but I probably...more
Jesse Lasarte
The illustrations for this book are of high quality. McCarty used pencil drawings of a boy and his father taking an all night drive to the mountains. The story is set in the 50’s and Peter does a wonderful job of capturing the 50’s lifestyle. There are illustrations of 50’s dinners, and the boy and his father are driving in a huge 50’s sedan. It is a great book for young readers to connect with a different era. My only criticism is that the story is not as interesting as some of his other storie...more
A beautiful, quiet book about a boy and his dad and their overnight drive to camp in the mountains. The boy gets to stay up as late as he wants, eat in an all-night diner, and hear his dad's stories. Soft pencil illustrations by Peter McCarty have a glow that makes nighttime seem friendly.
An excellent little book about the time a boy and his dad spend on the road. The soft illustrations give a perfect sense of the quiet, calm pace of life. Beautifully done!
Beautifully illustrated, simple story of a father and son's nighttime journey to their campsite. Nice to read aloud, but not a story that will stick with you.
Coy creates a fantastic world of shadows and vast spaces through the shared experiences of a father and son. Night Driving is indeed a unique pastime.
"Same moon, but out here, it's so much brighter."

"Stopping for breakfast is my favorite part of driving at night."
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John Coy is an award-winning author, who worked as a dishwasher, mattress maker, group home worker, and tour guide before taking up writing. He's active in sports and is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. John has traveled to all fifty states as well as to many countries internationally.

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