A Fire Truck Named Red


by Randall De Seve
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Rowan wants a super fire truck for his birthday, one that does everything realistically: shoots real water, has a real siren, etc. So he is super disappointed when his grandfather gives him an old beat-up truck that doesn’t make any noise or shoot any water. But when Papa starts to restore the old truck, he also recounts his imaginative life-saving exploits with “Red.” By the time the truck is touched up and ready, Rowan is ready, too – to use his imagination.

This story is everything I think about when I think about toys for kids. I am a huge believer in the power of imagination and not letting toys do all the work for you. That being said, I too had a Hanukah where I didn’t get the Super Soaker water gun I had in mind, but instead got a sad little water pistol that would mean utter humiliation against the boys down the street. So I understand both sides of this – and am super glad to have this book in the world!

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