Review by Sarah G.
Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin combines a picture book theme that many kids will be interested in with real-world advice. Full of sound words like “whoosh” and “honk,” this book is easy to read with children and has spectacular images of fire trucks, a firehouse, equipment, and fire. It follows a group of firefighters as they respond to a fire and then rescue a baby.
The book’s text and illustrations also occasionally flip from horizontal reading to vertical reading, which is a way for parents to introduce print awareness and show how books work. The sparse text also allows for conversation about firefighters and what to do in case of a fire. Preschoolers or older will benefit from the end pages, which offer good information on what to do during a home fire.