Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Review: Firehouse! by Mark Teague

Firehouse! is the newest book from author/illustrator Mark Teague.  

In Firehouse!, we join Edward and his cousin Judy as they spend a hilarious day learning how to be firefighters. From a fire drill that leads to a slippery slide down a fire pole, to a hysterical battle with an out-of-control fire hose, Edward is in for an action-packed adventure. And when faced with a real emergency, can Edward save the day?

Firehouse! will be a great read aloud for primary grade classrooms. Children will laugh and cheer for Edward as he figures out that being a firefighter is hard work. During a fire drill, he learns to hold on for dear life as the fire engine speeds away.

But Edward isn't a quitter, and when the fire fighters are called to save a kitten stuck in a tree, he volunteers to to rescue her and saves the day!

Teague uses perspective in interesting ways to keep the reader engaged throughout the story. Small details such as mice dressed as fire fighters add interest and humor. The action and antics of Edward will bring delight to children.

View more great illustrations from the book on this book trailer:

Mark Teague is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. His books include Funny Farm, a 2009 Parents’ Choice Silver Award Picture Book; Dear Mrs. Larue, the 2002 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year; Detective Larue; Larue for Mayor; and Pigsty. He is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen. Mark lives in New York State with his wife and daughters.

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