What could be better to a fan of fire trucks than playing with them and reading about them all day long? Well, how about being one! That is just what happens to Matt, a little boy whose first and last words every day are "fire truck." Imagine his happy surprise when he wakes up one morning and discovers he has sprouted wheels, flashing lights, and sirens! Matt wastes no time. He drives around the "neighborhood" (his house) rescuing cats and teddy bears, and putting out fires. There's only one thing that can tear this dedicated fire truck away from his work: pancakes on the table!
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
PreSchool-Sis blends simple text with bold pictures to give insight into one boy's vivid imagination. Matt's passion for fire engines permeates his whole life: "His first words in the morning were 'fire truck.' The last thing he said before he went to bed was 'fire truck.'" Not content just to play fireman, Matt wakes up and finds that he has actually become a fire truck. Only the insistent aroma of pancakes can bring him out of his enticing daydream. One simple sentence per picture allows for plenty of page turning without sacrificing the clear story line. A fold-out page of the fire truck accompanied by a numbered list of items to look for can be read as part of the narrative or returned to later as a find-and-count game. Matt's pajamas and cap are flamboyant red like his extensive collection of toy trucks, while other details of home are reduced to plain black outlines, showing how imaginary worlds can seem more real than everyday life. Small groups of toddlers will love tearing around the room making siren noises just like Matt. This short, active story (plus the undeniable allure of fire engines) is perfect for children who have just discovered the joys of pretending.
Torrie Hodgson, Burlington Public Library, WA
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I use it during Fire Prevention Week in my classroom. Everyone loves firemen!Published 24 days 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 9 months ago by Woody
Both of my two year old grandsons were very happy with this book which quickly became a favorite.Published 12 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 12 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 13 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 15 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 16 months ago by Elaine F. Fry