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My fire engine
Rex, Michael.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 29 cm
As he plays with his toy fire engine, a boy imagines himself fighting a real fire.
Reading Level:
320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 154438.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.8 1 Quiz: 26516 Guided reading level: F.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection.

A young child imagines that he is a firefighter, and narrates the action as the siren rings and the firefighters put on their gear, race to the scene, and save the day. Readers are taken on an exciting ride from the start of a fire to the suspense-filled finish. When his work is done, the young firefighter puts away his truck --until next time!

This book is just right for young readers: simple and accessible, yet chock-full of details, right down to the firefighter's fire-resistant pants and coat. Fire safety tips are included in the back.

Author Notes

Michael Rex is the creator of over thirty books for children, including the number one bestseller Goodnight Goon and the Fangbone! series. He was inspired to create the Icky Ricky series by his two boys.

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(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. "I have a fire engine. I fight fires all the time." Whenever he hears the four loud honks of the fire alarm, the young narrator climbs into his heavy, fire-resistant gear and slides down the pole to the pumper engine with the rest of the crew. Arriving at a burning house, some fire fighters run out hoses, others break windows to release pent-up gases, still others escort the pajama-clad family to safety. Then the narrator heroically runs back inside to rescue a stranded pet--boa (you were expecting maybe a dog or cat?). Rex's simple cartoon illustrations blaze with intense greens, blues, and fire colors; the combination of specific detail, dramatic plot line, and eye-catching visuals will rivet young fire truck enthusiasts. For informational purposes, Gail Gibbons' Fire! Fire! (1984) is still in a different league, but the popularity of the topic guarantees that this won't sit for long on the shelves and that newly independent readers will stick with the short text despite some challenging vocabulary. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0805053913John Peters

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A young boy takes out his toy fire truck and narrates an adventure filled with excitement and danger as he and his fellow firefighters battle a blaze. The story flows freely as the author blends factual information into the text: "I jump into the Pumper Engine and we're off. The siren blares to let people know we're coming." The action continues at the site of the fire with various firefighters assuming important roles: "The ladder crew breaks windows and makes holes in the roof to let out the heat, smoke, and poison gas." The house is saved and everyone is safe, including the family's pet rattlesnake. The last scene shows the boy in his room playing with realistic-looking toy fire engines, a cardboard "house," plastic figurines, and a small toy snake. This charming story is neatly illustrated with colored-pencil cartoons featuring bright reds, potent greens, and cheerful yellows, all of which look extra sharp on the crisp white background. Fire safety tips are displayed on the back cover. A nice addition for collections where this is a hot topic.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, formerly at Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.