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.
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*Starred Review* It's Rowan's birthday, and he yearns for
a shiny new toy fire truck. Instead, he gets Red, a worse-for-wear
truck that belonged to his grandfather. "Trust me, Ro,"
Papa says. "We'll fix up Red better than new."
As Papa starts on the Red rehab, he tells Rowan stories of his
pretend adventures with the truck. These escapades--rendered
in sepia tones and operatic emotions, and "projected"
like a silent film--are so vivid that during the final story,
Rowan imagines being pulled into the action, riding along with
a young Papa to save the town library. Even though "Red
would never be new," what kid wouldn't want a truck with
as many accomplishments as Red? De Sève (Peanut and Fifi
Have a Ball) and Staake (My Pet Book) are an inspired pairing,
and the brisk storytelling and funny segues ("That cat was
nearly as strong as the elephants," says Papa, effortlessly
launching into another tale) give the graphic, posterlike images
a deep warmth and narrative energy. Clearly Rowan isn't the only
one swept away by Papa's tale.
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