My Little Red Fire Truck

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Overview

Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson's new multiconcept novelty is a book and a toy in one. My Little Red Fire Truck gives practice telling time while its sturdy moving parts provide hours of fun -- and allow readers to see how it would be to work on a real fire truck!
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Overview

Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson's new multiconcept novelty is a book and a toy in one. My Little Red Fire Truck gives practice telling time while its sturdy moving parts provide hours of fun -- and allow readers to see how it would be to work on a real fire truck!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you remember My Little Red Toolbox which was published in 2000, then you will have a pretty good idea of how this book is designed. The thick pages contain a variety of pop-out tools and other innovations such as a revolving lecticular red light. I think it is a bit of a stretch to say that the fire bell jumps off the page and that the walkie talkie is interactive. The fire bell has an accordion folded paper backing which raises it from the page. The premise is interesting—the protagonist has thirty minutes to get his fire truck ready for action. There is a countdown clock on each page as he or she goes through a checklist of items. The truck needs to have the fuel tank topped off, oil and transmission fluids checked (and the dip sticks do pull out). With nearly ten minutes elapsed the tires are checked to make sure there is sufficient air pressure. The fire hose is checked and it can actually be turned to have the hose extend about two inches. The ladders and tools are checked and then the engine is started. There is a key to insert and levers as well as a steering wheel. In thirty minutes it is all ready to go. The book is useful for imaginative play, but is more of a personal purchase since the removable parts can easily be lost and much of the fun would be gone. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Publishers Weekly
From the maker of My Little Red Toolbox, this dynamic book lets readers handle the care and maintenance of a fire truck. An unseen narrator takes 30 minutes each morning to make sure everything is in order, and kids can help by using a variety of movable, often removable, components. A green cardboard nozzle can be inserted into a diesel fuel tank; on another page, readers can partially unravel a yellow hose; a later spread features a driving wheel with a changeable gearshift as well as a handheld radio. The energetic, gadget-filled format provides a gratifying tactile experience. Ages 3–up. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Little only in comparison to the real thing, this unusually sturdy interactive book features thick cardboard pages held together with a cloth-reinforced tape binding that should last. Within, pop-out cardboard pieces allow drivers to fill the gas, turn the key in the ignition, stow the fire axe and other duties critical to keeping their truck prepped. A clock inset on each page ticks from 6:00 to 6:30, with just three minutes allotted for each task. For truck-mad children, this book is a dream come true-they'll want to spend far more than just three minutes under the hood checking the fluid levels, and when they put it in gear, watch out! Although it's tougher than the average pop-up, the book's removable pieces are something to watch out for, but this engine's just too fabulous to pass by. (Informational pop-up. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416925224
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 217,890
  • Age range: 3 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 2.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen T. Johnson is the creator of such well-known children’s books as the Publishers Weekly bestseller My Little Red Toolbox, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner My Little Yellow Taxi, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year Alphabet City, and the New York Times Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Book A Is for Art. His drawings and paintings are in numerous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York. Johnson and his family live in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at StephenJohnsonStudio.com.

Stephen T. Johnson is the creator of such well-known children’s books as the Publishers Weekly bestseller My Little Red Toolbox, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner My Little Yellow Taxi, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year Alphabet City, and the New York Times Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Book A Is for Art. His drawings and paintings are in numerous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York. Johnson and his family live in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at StephenJohnsonStudio.com.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    EVERY CHILD WANTS A BRIGHT RED FIE TRUCK

    Paper engineering continues to amaze, and MY LITTLE RED FIRE TRUCK is the most amazing of all. In the creative hands of Stephen T. Johnson (My Little Red Toolbox) this is not just a book but a fascinating toy that will yield hours of learning and fun.

    Inside the bright red covers are 10 pop-out tools, 4 bolts and 4 wheels that really do turn and keep on turning, an erasable slate to keep track of the truck's comings and goings, an interactive radio and walkie-talkie (communication is of the utmost importance), a revolving red light (move aside the fire truck's coming!), and a fire bell that'll surprise.

    Recommended for youngsters ages 3 and up the book also aids helping young eyes to tell time, and the parts are super sturdy to last through many play times.

    Doesn't every child want a bright red fire truck?

    - Gail Cooke

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    Great interactive book!

    I bought this book for my 3 year old nephew. Not only did he love it, but my 5 year old daughter and 8 year old son did, as well! It's realistic, educational, and interactive. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    A great way to make reading time fun and interactive

    "My Little Red Fire Truck" is full of beautiful visuals, informative text, and interactive tools and concepts to engage even kids who have a hard time sitting still long enough to read a book with their parent. Kinesthetic learners are often overlooked in the process of designing children's literature, but this series (which includes "My Little Red Tool Box") encourages kids to think and engage in physical tasks described in the text. One precaution of which parents should be aware, however, is that the tools can be a bit tricky to remove initially from the pages when the book is brand new. Make sure to help young children when the pieces need to be separated or moved in various ways the first time. Otherwise, this wonderful learning tool will simply go the way of so many damaged pop-up books that become torn and useless after one or two brutal yanks of a tab.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book!

    I got this book for my toddler a few months ago and he still reads it every day. He especially loves the steering wheel, ignition key and radio, but he also loves to pretend to climb up the ladder and use the tools. He even can tell you what a halligan is. It's definitely not an on-the-go book -- with a little one, you need to be careful to put the pieces back in the book or they can be easily mislaid. The book is pricey but worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    This book is awkward for small children

    I bought this book for my 2 year old grandson because he loves firetrucks. This book is very big for such a small child. I would recommend this book for children 4 years old and up. This book is a very cute concept but overwhelming for the small children.

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