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Fire Truck

by Peter Sis

Published by Greenwillow, 1998
28 pages
ISBN: 0-688-15878-1

Ages 2 - 5

"Fire truck" are the first words Matt says when he gets up in the morning and the last words he says when he goes to bed at night. But it's still a surprise for readers to learn about the day Matt woke up and discovered he had turned into a fire truck himself! A deliciously detailed fold-out page shows children all the things with which Matt the Fire Truck is equipped--ladders, hoses, lights, wheels, etc--and encourages them to count each item. Only a pancake breakfast, it seems, has the power to turn Matt back into a boy. Sís's use of four colors (red, yellow, blue and black) gives the illustrations a retro look but his story of a young child's obsessive interest has a timeless appeal. Young fire truck enthusiasts will appreciate the details of the different toy fire trucks surrounding Matt the Boy and, of course, they will delight in the details on Matt the Fire Truck! CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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