The world’s most beloved emergency vehicle…and the child who loves it.
When Chuck’s mom buys the toy fire engine at a garage sale, the child is elated. The narration exults, “What luck! A fire truck and for only one buck.” Truck and Chuck are inseparable after that, playing in the dirt, and mud, and the “muck.” Chuck’s mom gives the toy a quick bath without her child’s knowledge, leading the tot to indulge in some mild paranoia (a vacuum cleaner begins to look like a likely suspect in the disappearance) until the truck is returned and all is well and right with the world. Hand-drawn ink lines and Photoshopped colors give Chuck and mom (both light-skinned) a cartoonish vibe. Yet although the art may seem simple, there’s a running gag involving the mom’s new lamp with its fishy shade and the local felines that see it as a tasty treat. The book’s low word count and simple language are sure to earn it accolades from parents and kids searching for fun, easy books. Extra points should also be awarded for including such uncommon rhymes to “fire truck” as “mukluk,” “woodchuck,” and “dumbstruck.”
Certain to be a favorite among those young readers who’ve got a hankering for something red and shiny. (Picture book. 3-6)