From Burningham’s first droll lines paired with his expressively simple illustration, readers will know they are in for a rare treat—a book whose strong substance and story eschew gimmick and gloss and whose mastery of visual and narrative understatement shines throughout…No one does whimsy like Burningham; no one.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The matter-of-fact narration makes the story of a car-driving dog entirely believable. The watercolor, pen, and pastel illustrations perfectly capture Miles’s postures and expressions to reveal his opinions and emotions. The spreads of the two friends traveling through panoramas of the four seasons underscore their joy and camaraderie. This whimsical tale of friendship will delight Burningham fans and deserves serious consideration for a place in most collections.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
That master of picture book fantasies involving vehicles, children, and animals (Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, rev. 2/72; Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car, rev. 8/76) returns, to utterly endearing effect…As always, Burningham controls pacing through a mix of vignettes, full-page illustrations, and double-page spreads; his pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings, in all their skillful lack of polish, are maximally expressive. A paean to difficult dogs and their owners, everywhere.
Burningham’s matter-of-fact text and blithely inked illustrations embrace the comedy of the premise while capturing the close-knit relationship between boy and dog—especially when they’re tooling across an empty beach at sunrise.
Burningham has created another hilarious story for kids that will energize their imaginations and have them wondering, "what if?"
—Reading Eagle (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan)
It’s terrifically absurd – and thrilling…In looking back on the year 2016 in picture books, I know I will remember Norman’s hair flying in the breeze, as Miles drives him down the shore.
—Kirkus Reviews (blog)