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Fire Engine No. 9

by Mike Austin

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Summary: Lots of big colorful pictures, perfect for little one just learning about the loud and exciting fire engines that drive by with the flashing lights! I know I loved fire engines as a little boy- wish I had had this book to dive into! Lots of short phrases and capitalized words that highlight excitement and are good for young readers to focus on.

Personal commentary / reflection: This would be a great book for a little reader who gets excited about fire trucks and maybe wants to be a firefighter when they grow up! Easy single word pages to focus on, with great colorful pictures. Perfect book for a little preschool class! ( )
  JeffBunte | Jun 5, 2017 |
Pair with "Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck"
  rarewren | Jan 27, 2017 |
Minimal words (Brrrriiing! Brrriiing! Weooo!Weooo! Honk!), bright colors, and a sense of speed and urgency make this one a good choice for story time with very young listeners. In a nod to current trends, the burned out Luigi's Restaurant returns in the end as Luigi's on Wheels - a food truck! ( )
  shelf-employed | Oct 5, 2015 |
Richie’s Picks: FIRE ENGINE NO. 9 by Mike Austin, Random House, September 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-553-51095-9

“WEOOO! WEOOO! WEOOO! HONK! HONK! HONK!”

“Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis laid down the law with the FDNY today, writing that the job of ‘New York City firefighter - arguably “the best job in the world” - has remained a stubborn bastion of white male privilege.’
...Garaufis’ opinion greatly expands the federal court’s role in forcing the FDNY to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (of, ahem, 1964).”
-- The Village Voice, October 5, 2011

FIRE ENGINE NO. 9 is a high energy, action-filled picture book that does it right on all fronts. The story is told almost entirely in sound words that are presented in large block caps. We see members of the fire company engaged in routine maintenance and preparation of the fire engine. Then the alarm sounds, and we accompany the company on a breathtaking response to a burning building

“HURRY! HURRY!”

“CLIMB! CLIMB! CLIMB!”

From the first, the bright illustrations reveal that this is not an all-white fire company. What is even more exciting is the surprise near the end. When all is safe, after the dramatic rescue of a baby from a burning apartment, the rescuer removes the visored fire helmet, and we discover that our hero is a female firefighter!

The front- and back- endpapers contain illustrations of firefighter tools like a first-aid kit, chain saw, and pike pole. Following the story, there’s a two-page spread with a clear list of “What to Do During a Home Fire,” which is taken from FEMA’s website.

Which reminds me: It’s time to again check the batteries in my home smoke alarms.

Richie Partington, MLIS
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  richiespicks | Sep 10, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553510959, Hardcover)

Told almost entirely in sound words, this day-in-the-life look at firefighters and their fire truck will appeal to the youngest vehicle enthusiasts and to parents with a penchant for exuberant read-aloud sessions. With art reminiscent of Donald Crews’s transportation books, Mike Austin evokes the excitement of a 911 call as we follow firefighters sliding down the fire pole, racing through town, and up the ladder truck. Includes fire safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:29:23 -0400)

Follows a fire engine and its crew through a very busy day, using mainly sound words.

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