From the Publisher
“In creamy colors, the cheery paints depict sturdy firefighters and proud engines.... this pint-sized career guide will kindle young imaginations.” Kirkus Reviews
“Zimmerman and Clemesha present a warm, friendly story.... Bright, cheerful pictures will engage young readers.” Children's Literature
“Fans of ... transportation stories will love this one.” School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
A charming little guy decides that when he grows up he is going to be a Fire Engine Man. After all, he loves playing with his red fire engines, and he especially loves squirting water from the hose. He imagines himself driving the big, red fire engine, working with other firefighters, and putting out the fires in the neighborhood. He can see himself back at the fire station, too, cleaning up the truck and doing other work with the firefighters. With his little boy self sneaking into the fantasy, he imagines his family coming to visit him and joining him for a meal. He makes them peanut butter sandwiches, while the grown-up firefighters eat more adult fare. It is a fun family outing until the fire bell rings. Then it is off once again to fight the fires. Zimmerman and Clemesha present a warm, friendly story where the big brother imagines big boy work, but little brother is included instead of left behind. Bright, cheerful pictures will engage young readers. Children who are beginning to recognize words will appreciate the sparse, simple text and large type face.
School Library Journal
The brothers from Digger Man (Holt, 2003) are back, this time imagining the job and equipment of firefighters. The same colorful acrylic illustrations greet readers, and have enough detail to interest yet not overwhelm them. The text moves at a brisk pace as the narrator describes important tasks: "I will hook up my hose. I will help the other firefighters fight the fire." The child again warmly includes his younger brother in his plans. Fans of the earlier title and other transportation stories will love this one.
Linda M. KentonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Proclaiming right off, "I love Fire Engines," a rosy-cheeked tot reveals the details of his fireman aspirations. He happily describes the gear he will wear and the truck with flashing lights that he will drive. He touts his ability to hook up the hose and douse the flames. Back at the fire station, he will do his share of clean-up and snack-preparation. Where supply meets demand, there exist legions of fire-engine books for toddlers. The cozy relationship between siblings is the main element that sets this one apart. The boy often pauses to include his baby brother in his musings on the future. For example, he mentions that his brother could visit him at the station, and offers up his bunk for naps. In creamy colors, the cheery paints depict sturdy firefighters and proud engines. By story's end, the siblings are playing together with a toy fire truck, while the older boy dreams of their mutual future. Joining Digger Man (2003), this pint-sized career guide will kindle young imaginations. (Picture book. 2-5)