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Mammano has added another winning title to her series featuring adventurous rhinoceroses. Here, they have put away their surf-, snow- and skateboards to become intrepid firefighters. They brave burning buildings, fight "major ragers," and report to the scene of multiple-car crashes. Some work as smoke jumpers or rescue townsfolk from sweeping floods. The kindhearted heroes also make "band-aid calls" to pluck stranded kittens out of trees. When they are not out on their "rig," there is plenty to keep the rhinos busy in the firehouse. They joke around as they wash and maintain the trucks, but when the bell clangs, the "rhinos who rescue are off again!" The text is sprinkled with firefighting terms collected in a glossary of "Rescue Rap." Psychedelic illustrations increase the action and sense of adventure. The collagelike watercolors feature mosaic backgrounds and orange flames resembling exotic flowers. The unusual text layout in waves and arcs further enhances the excitement. This enjoyable story may be paired with Nancy E. Shaw's Sheep in a Jeep (Houghton, 1988) for a fun-filled storyhour.
—Linda L. WalkinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.