From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2 Teague is known and loved for his '40s-style acrylic paintings with hilariously odd perspectives, wry facial expressions, and a heavily ironic disconnect between text and pictures. Here, the nattily dressed, citified bulldog introduced in Funny Farm
(Scholastic, 2009) visits the firehouse in hopes of becoming a real firefighter. The station's mice laugh as Edward tries on a shiny red fire hat, but the text fails to indicate that the pup has put it on backwards and is struggling to extricate his face. Nor can you tell from the impassive professional firefighters all Dalmatians, of course what wild blunders Edward makes as the team goes out for a drill. Still, when a real emergency occurs, Edward is the hero, and the story ends with a parade in his honor and, anticlimactically, a sound sleep. Children will enjoy Firehouse!
for its mild humor, winsome and colorful illustrations, and depiction of firefighters at work. While it's not as funny as many other Teague books, it should attract a wide audience. Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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In his singular, recognizable style—full of expressive animal protagonists, rich color, and perfectly drafted perspectives—Teague explores the antics of Edward, a curious pooch, as he visits the firehouse with his pretty hound-dog cousin, Judy. Of course he gets to do all the things every child longs to do in a station: try on a fire hat, sit behind the wheel of a fire truck, and, when a fire drill causes the firefighters (all Dalmatians, save for one tiny mouse) to spring into action, slide down the fire pole. Lucky for Edward, it's only a practice session because he constantly flubs up routine procedures, such as holding onto the hose and climbing on the ladder. (Judy, however, is nothing but sensible and helpful.) Ultimately, though, Edward saves the day by rescuing the good old kitten-stuck-in-a-tree. The pictures are so well executed and fun to look at, the story can be forgiven for being a bit ordinary; this won't matter at all to kids, for whom there are never enough books featuring fire stations. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Karen Cruze