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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152057250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057251
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

A modern adaptation of an old nursery rhyme, Fire! Fire! Said Mrs. McGuire combines the whimsical illustrations of Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Richard Egielski with the playful one-liners of Bill Martin. When Mrs. McGuire, a television news anchor, hears about a fire from a reporter flying over the city in a helicopter, a hilarious transfer of information begins. "'Where? Where?'" said Mrs. Bear. 'Downtown!' said Mrs. Brown." The story climaxes as the fire department arrives in a flurry to extinguish a blaze that turns out to be the candles on elderly Mrs. Wear's birthday cake. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PW called the "slapstick humor and fast-paced action" of this spin on an old rhyme "a five-alarm delight." Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Bill Martin Jr, an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet, held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. His many books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Egielski on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Fifteen years ago I was asked by the publisher, to illustrate a new interpretation of "FIRE! FIRE!" SAID MRS. MCGUIRE, written by Bill Martin Jr..

I thought of doing the characters as animals. Mrs. Bear and such, but as I pondered the text, it offered the opportunity to show women characters in many professional occupations and funny situations. Having grown up in New York City, I daily experienced all types of people doing all sorts of things, good and bad. Also, I had studied picture book illustration with Maurice Sendak and one, of many, things he taught me was never to condescend to children. They see the world, they are resilient. Life happens to children as well as adults. Do not underestimate their strength. So, in "FIRE! FIRE!" I drew an honest, diverse group of people.

There are too many adults who have a very orthodox, limited, conventional idea of what a "children's book" should be. All they will accept is goody goody propaganda to force feed to children. Just read some of these reviews.

I gave many presentations of my work at schools and conferences and when I showed the slide of the image that some here find objectionable, the audience, whether children or adults, would always burst out laughing. I did not have to say a word. It is just funny. Lighten up!

I am very proud of my work on this book. Bill Martin, himself, told me that it was one of his favorite interpretations of his words.

Richard Egielski
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice on September 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
We use this as part of a text series to teach rhyming. It is good for that. I don't really get the "story". I have to admit that I have never noticed the page where the firefighters are so interested in the blond. I guess I need to look at it more closely this year. However, since I've used it for 4 years and have never noticed it, I'll bet my students haven't either.

Update (Oct 13, 2006) - The version of this book we use is not the same one (with the offensive illustration). I guess this one might not be advisable. My students do love the rhyming text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Y. Smittle on March 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
My daughter checked this book out of the library and made me read it to her over and over again. I didn't see the appeal of this book! But she loved it. So for Fire Safety week with my preschoolers, we read this book. They loved it! My god, they made me read it over and over and over again. They followed me around the room and made me read it. I still don't see the appeal. But kids love this book. Each Mrs. is on the proceeding page, they tell the story of a fire in an apartment building. It takes a bit of explaining for 4 yr olds to get the concept of a flaming cake, but they got it. They even counted the candles. The old lady is represented by about 30 candles---thanks to the author for that one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lady Library on July 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Please pay attention! The book "Fire, Fire said Mrs. McGuire" by Bill Martin Jr. and Vladimir Radunsky is not the book to which amazon has attached these two reviews. These reviews refer to another edition of the book. Also, almost every comment is directed toward the OTHER edition of this book. Bill Martin's book features not a blonde woman, but mice and kitty cats. Please be conscientious of what you write. This is fine book for children.
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