FIRE RESCUE! by Benji Davies


From the "Bizzy Bear" series
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Age Range: 1 - 3
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Bizzy Bear, along with a crocodile, an elephant and a dog, has an exciting, interactive adventure as a firefighter.

From the emergency call to the final rescue, readers see life on the job for bear and company. Each boldly colored, detailed scene presents one interactive element per page turn. With sliding panels, the doors to the firehouse open and shut, the bear slides down a pole, and the elephant extinguishes the flames. As in the other Bizzy Bear titles, a finger-sized hole or tab is provided to help with the manipulation. One of the most pleasing features is a spin dial that allows readers to race the fire truck through traffic. The verse, using the meter and scheme of the classic rhyme “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,” fits with the action: “Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear, ladder and spray. / Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear, saves the day!” Pirate Adventure, another in the series, uses similar interactive features and the same rhyme structure. Here, there are a pirate ship to rock, sails to raise, a hole to dig, and a treasure chest to open. While most of the movable parts appear sturdy, there are features that will eventually rip and come loose, especially those on the cover.

Sure to be a crowd pleaser for nimble-fingered little ones. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Feb. 12th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6518-0
Page count: 8pp
Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2013


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