A Fire Truck Named Red – A Picture Book Review

Visited my local library a few weeks ago and they had an entire shelf of books featuring the word, RED, for Valentine’s Day. As I passed by, a quiet, little book caught my attention. I thought I’d read every fire truck book known to man, but to my surprise I’d missed one! A Fire Truck Named Red was checked out and on its way to my house in no time.

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Randall De Sève created a beautiful book and Bob Staake helps tell the story with the illustrations just as much as with the words; which is what any great picture book will do. The use of black and white illustrations to represent the past and how they tie into the color illustrations is fabulously creative.

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In this story, a young boy has his heart set on a brand-new toy fire truck, so he is disappointed when he gets his grandfather’s rusty old fire truck, Red, instead. But working together, the boy and his grandfather patch Red right up while Grandpa tells his grandson all about the adventures he had with Red when he was a boy.

I loved it so much I had to have a copy of my very own. You might need one, too!

Next time you’re in the library or local book store, don’t forget to look up A Fire Truck Named Red. You’ll love it as much as I did.

A Fire Truck Named Red

  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374300739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374300739

Let me know what you think about this sweet story!

Happy reading to everyone!

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