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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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Rebecca
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.
John Sullivan
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Danielle
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Slow and quiet in the way a nighttime drive is.

A father and son book. A book to learn about a roadtrip. A soak up all the details of your surroundings book.
Juliette Hernandez
This book is about a boy and his father who are going on a road trip. The father tells the boy that they are going to drive at night. The father and the boy bond throughout the night. They talk about baseball and about the moon, even the deer who are on the side of the road. They got a flat tire and they still bonded over baseball when the boy told his dad to watch him throw a fast one. This book showed me that you can bond over anything. Communication is a huge factor in this because without co ...more
Mark
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A father and son embark on an all-night road trip sometime in the 1950’s and, to keep each other awake, tell stories, play games and watch the world around them. A perfect bed-time book, Dude & I read this together - he read one page, I read the next - and both of us really enjoyed it. Thankfully, he & I have a very close relationship and it was nice to draw parallels to ourselves with the unnamed father and son in the book, especially the easy way they talked and experienced things toge ...more
Brendan
John Coy is a native Minnesotan with nostalgic memories of road trips in his youth. This particular story is about a father and son driving through the night, heading west, for the mountains. It is a truly all American story. The father and son discussing baseball, showing his son how to change a flat tire, and looking up at the night stars searching for the big dipper. All in a all the illustrations in this book really make it my favorite. They not only extend what the story is telling but at t ...more
Jesse Lasarte
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ellen Tveit
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An understated story that illustrates the power and beauty of a parent spending time with a child without distractions. The author is from Minnesota and the book recalls a fairly specific time and place.
Deb Carter
I love this book perhaps because of all the memories I had driving to the mountains with my father, or the memories of the conversations in the car with my own children. Car conversations are the best.
Siomara
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this story because it shows the bond created between a father and son on something simple as an overnight drive. It's these little memories that stick with you as you grow.
Ubalstecha
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Rainey
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Magda
May 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
"Same moon, but out here, it's so much brighter."

"Stopping for breakfast is my favorite part of driving at night."
Beth
Jul 23, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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John Coy is the author of young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and fiction and nonfiction picture books. His most recent books are Their Great Gift, a story about immigration with striking photographs by Wing Young Huie and Gap Life, a YA novel about a boy whose parents will pay for college as long as he studies what they want.
John has received numerous awards for his work includi
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