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Fire Truck Hardcover – September 17, 1998
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Peter Sís's wonderful red and black gouache illustrations are old-fashioned in their sweet simplicity. Combined with a little counting practice thrown in for good measure (one driver, two ladders, three hoses, on up to 10 boots), this book is bound to please the fire-truck-obsessed child on your list. Sís is the award-winning illustrator of many well-known books, including another excellent ode to vehicles, Trucks, Trucks, Trucks. (Preschool) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Torrie Hodgson, Burlington Public Library, WA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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One there was a boy named Matt who loved fire trucks. As the book progresses we see just how much Matt adores his trucks. They are, we are told, the first words he says in the morning and the last words he says at night. One day, Matt wakes up and lo and behold he has merged into his very own fire truck. The book counts off all the items that are a part of Matt and prove his new fire trucky status. One driver, four flashing lights, nine axes, etc. He saves animals, puts out fires, and rescues falling teddy bears. And when pancakes are filling the air with their scent he parks the truck at the table and (now a boy once more) sits himself down to eat.
Simple stuff. If you're looking for a long in-depth treatise on the inner working of fire trucks, look elsewhere. Here you will find the barest bones of the story. There are approximately three colors in this book altogether. You've got your blue, your brown, and (of course) your red.Read more ›
Matt is obsessed with fire trucks. In fact he is so consumed with fire trucks that one morning he wakes up and he is a fire truck. No this is not a copy of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, but a playful look at children's imaginations.
The black and white illustrations of Matt and his surroundings are nicely contrasted with Matt's very red and very bright fire truck collection. Matt has a busy day as a fire truck by racing down the street, rescuing a cat, putting out a fire and then saving a teddy bear. And this is all before breakfast! As with all children's imaginations hungry pains tend to stop them in their tracks. Once Matt smells pancakes for breakfast he is back to being a boy. With the fire truck parked safely at the kitchen table Matt can enjoy the benefits boyhood with a hot pile of steaming pancakes.
Older children and parents will enjoy how Sis integrated counting by listing the different items on a fire truck: 1 driver, 2 ladders, 3 fire hoses, etc.
It starts off fairly to the point; the story of young up and comer Matt and his fascination with fire trucks.
Midway through, it becomes a sort of peyote-button trip where the boy becomes a truck/centaur and roams his living room spraying bookshelves with a hose that protrudes from his backside.
Then, in the third act, precocious and tenacious young Mathew is distracted by the scent of pancakes, and the tale ends in a brake-screechingly instantaneous halt.
The only plus to the book is that there are literally more words in the item description than there are inside.
So the pain is brief.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use it during Fire Prevention Week in my classroom. Everyone loves firemen!Published 6 months ago by romance junkie
This book has a quite simple (albeit a little strange) story: a young boy named Matthew, who is obsessed with fire trucks, wakes up one day to find that he is a fire truck. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Woody
Both of my two year old grandsons were very happy with this book which quickly became a favorite.Published 17 months ago by Chips
So adorable. My 3 yr old loves firetrucks and lives this book!! Cute twist that gets a giggle from him every time.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This for me and my kids was a weird story. My daughter kept asking why he turned into a fire engine and worried that he wouldn't turn back. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kimberly Edwards
This book is so cute and the boy I nanny loves it. Sadly the page that flips out gets ripped off in every book. This is the second one. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jae
This was a big hit with my grandson who thinks that all trucks are wonderful. I love having books that can survive little hands.Published 21 months ago by Elaine F. Fry