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Author: Kate McMullan

Illustrator: Jim McMullan

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: This story starts by introducing readers to a fire truck and then the truck is off to fight a fire. This picture book has a poetry-like approach to talking about a firetruck and what he does.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son liked the truck and all the noise sounds. He asked us to read this one again. My son loved it and I was not surprised at all. He loves firetrucks and the action involved.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book had a little too much going on on each page for me. So much so that I found it distracting from the story. I didn't like how the fire truck kept focusing on how good looking he was.

Pros: Cute pictures and a high-interest theme will have toddlers and preschoolers asking for this book!

Cons: The pages may be a little too busy for some readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Certain kids will love it and the other books in the series

If You Liked This Book, Try: FIREFIGHTERS! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! (Board Buddies series)   WHOSE TRUCK?   MY BIG RIG (Board Buddies Series)

Educational Themes: The story is pretty self contained. Have fun making the different noises. Use this as a precursor to visiting a fire station.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, trucks, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

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