Night Driving

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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A father and son drive into the night. As the sky turns shades of deep blue and purple they watch for night animals, swap baseball stories, and keep a lookout for eighteen wheelers. But they have miles to go before they can sleep, and it's a real challenge to stay awake for a whole night of driving.

Celebrating the relationship between a father and his son, John Coy's spare, poetic text and Peter McCarty's striking black-and-white drawings (complete with gas pumps, cafes, and truck stops) capture the warmth and nostalgia of a very special road trip.

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User Review  - Brendan - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse Lasarte - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

John Coy remembers the thrill of staying awake with his father on family road trips to the mountains. He now passes this love of night driving on to his daughter. A native of Minnesota, John Coy works as a writing teacher in St. Paul. This is his first picture book.

Peter McCarty has never forgotten his first road trip that took him to twenty states in twenty-eight days. His whirlwind drive through the country provided the inspiration for these drawings.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Peter McCarty is the illustrator of Frozen Man by David Getz. He makes his picture-book debut with Night Driving.

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