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Fire Engine No. 9

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Fire at the corner of 4th and Main! Go, Engine No. 9, go!

Told almost entirely in sound words, this day-in-the-life look at a fire engine crew will appeal to the youngest vehicle enthusiasts and to parents with a penchant for exuberant read-aloud sessions. With art reminiscent of that in Donald Crews's transportation books, Mike Austin evokes the excitement of a 911 call as
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Random House BFYR
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Jon Nakapalau
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sure to please all the young boys and girls who want to be firefighters.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best of 2015. Strong use of onomatopoeia to tell the story. Vivid illustrations. Firefighter is a female. Multicultural characters. Good info section at the end.
Scottsdale Public Library
WOW!!!! This book EXPLODES off the pages with vibrant illustrations and LOUD (although simple) WORDS!!! Engine No. 9 is called to a fire. WEOOO! WEOOO! HURRY! CLIMB! The words are part of the colorful full-page graphics and we can’t help but be drawn into the action. I won’t reveal the ending, except to let you know that it does end happily. Plus, there are even instructions in the back about what to do in a home fire. THREE CHEERS for a most exciting book!—Jess O.
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My firefighter obsessed 2 year old loves it.
Gail M
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book more than 40 times and it has stood the test of repetition. For starters, not too many words, but lots to talk about in the pictures. Great end-pages, a 3-year-old's fantasy paraphernalia collection: pick-axes, walkie-talkies, smoke-extinguishers, fire hydrants, helmets, hoses. The illustrations are wonderful and the plot is very exciting! A+ ...more
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2015
every damn day, so i'm counting it. AND i have to make up the story each time. ...more
Barb Middleton
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Read this to KA. Gorgeous illustrations. Only one word per page. You could use show onomatopoeia with the words that are fire engine sounds.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3* concept

The illustrations are so vivid and full of action it didn't matter that it was otherwise so simple.
Liz Goble
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, picture-book
Super simple picture book with few words about fighting a fire!
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full of sounds, perfect for young readers who love being loud.
Syntha Green
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
Perfect fr storytime for the littles
Richie Partington
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Richie’s Picks: FIRE ENGINE NO. 9 by Mike Austin, Random House, September 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-553-51095-9


“Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis laid down the law with the FDNY today, writing that the job of ‘New York City firefighter - arguably “the best job in the world” - has remained a stubborn bastion of white male privilege.’
...Garaufis’ opinion greatly expands the federal court’s role in forcing the FDNY to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book embraces the drama of responding to a fire, showing firefighters sliding down their pole, heading out to the fire, and then putting it out. Along the way, they hook the hose up to the fire hydrant, save a baby, and head directly into the burning building. The book is filled with sounds like alarms sounding, sirens blaring, smashing windows, and the water rushing out of the hose. Climactic and action-filled, this picture book is perfect for the youngest fire-fighting enthusiasts ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "Fire at the corner of 4th and Main! Go, Engine No. 9, go!

Told almost entirely in sound words, this day-in-the-life look at a fire engine crew will appeal to the youngest vehicle enthusiasts and to parents with a penchant for exuberant read-aloud sessions. With art reminiscent of that in Donald Crews's transportation books, Mike Austin evokes the excitement of a 911 call as we follow firefighters sliding down the fire pole, racing through town, and up the ladder truck.

Includes fire saf
Jennifer Heise
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great book for pre-schoolers who love the whole fire engine/firefighter thing, or as a class read aloud in preschool for Fire Safety Awareness. The heavy pages, simple, striking artwork, and repeating simple text will make it a prize for reading aloud to this audience. Unlike most truck-related books it gives more detail on what the firefighters do, including a (potentially scary for some children) image of a firefighter crawling through a smoky hallway cradling what turns out to be a baby, an ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Austin, Mike Fire Engine No. 9 Random House, 2015. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.

This book follows the firefighters from their fire station to a fire at Luigi’s restaurant. They use their equipment to rescue a family from the burning building and to put out the fire. The Luigi family moves their restaurant to a food truck and come to the fire station to thank the firemen.

This book has fantastic illustrations with bright colors and exciting action. There isn’t a written story, but sound effect
Sound words and onomatopoeia abound in this fiery picture book sure to captivate the attentions of anyone who loves big vehicles such as fire trucks. The bright illustrations and story follow the crew of Engine No. 9 as they go about their daily work. While keeping the truck clean and shiny is important, there is often not a dull moment for these firefighters who must rush to the scene of a fire and do their best to put it out while rescuing the inhabitants. I liked the last scene in which the f ...more
Readers tag along while a team of firefighters respond to a call. Rich with sounds and action this story plays with the orientation of the book during key sequences and helps readers visualize and imagine the intense sensory overload firefighters confront in performing their duties.

A bullet point list following the story instructs readers on how to respond should they find themselves in a fire.

I really appreciated the diverse cast of firefighters which included persons of colors and women among
Courtney Huskisson
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Loved this! What excellent illustrations-- It has a geometric and collage-style artwork, but it's SO vivid, bright, and eye-catching. Also, I believe this could stretch among a variety of age groups. For the really young ones, the brightness of the artwork is enough. For the older ones, there's a bit of a 'wordless story' element in the sense that you can interact with the child and have them tell you the story of what's happening. The story its self (in regards to words) is simple and almost en ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-by-michael
We've read this about 20 times in two days since checking it out from the library! It's a well-done picture book, with lots of space for the reader to describe the images and ask questions about what they're seeing. It is a little intense, showing scenes of fighting a big fire and rescuing a baby from a burning building, so you have to use your judgment as to whether or not your child would get stressed/scared seeing those images. This is a great book for a kid who is really curious about all th ...more
Ruth Anne
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: up-to-7, 2015
The day in the life of a fire engine and its crew is beautifully told with bold illustration and a minimal text with sound noises of the job. BRRRIIING! BRRRIIING! BRRRIIING! sounds the alarm!The fire truck rushes to the fire with WEOOO! WEOOO! HONK! HONK! The firefighter uses a hose to put out the fire - WHOOSH! WHOOSH! This is sure to be enjoyed by young fire truck enthusiasts and those who want to be a firefighter when they grow up! The endpapers have neatly labeled pieces of equipment needed ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Colorful illustrations. Multicultural characters including one female firefighter. Simple yet descriptive text. I think that young children will truly enjoy making all the sounds as they follow along with the story. This is the type of book my son would have liked when he was young. He loved "Freight Train" by Donald Crewes; "Fire Engine No. 9" reminds me of that book. Great for pre-schoolers! ...more
Drew Graham
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Firefighters have to be ready to go at a moment's notice, and when the time comes fire engine no. 9 can get them to the scene.

This was an immediate hit at our house, and The Boy (2.75) will surely be disappointed when the time comes to return it. Luckily there's no shortage of firetruck books in the world, but this one is especially fun with a unique illustration style and a gripping story (with a happy ending, hurray) and some real-life fire safety tips at the end.
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Big, wide book is bold, vibrant illustrations. The story is told only in the sounds of a fire truck responding to a fire. It was the first kids book we've gotten that actually featured a real fire and a human in peril. My wife and I feared it would scare our two-year-old but he was pretty intrigued by what was happening. His favorite part of the book, however, were the end papers, which were an inventory of items firefighters use. He poured over those. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wavered between 4 and 5 stars on this but landed on 5 because it is one of the best firefighter books I've seen. It is bright, dynamic, and exciting and told almost completely with sound words. A second read reveals many small details that really add interest. I appreciated the depiction of the crew that is mixed racially and gender. Eager to try this on young readers. ...more
Taylor Worsencroft
I really loved going through this book and looking at the illustrations. They did such a good job with the pictures. But what I didn't like about this book is that there are hardly any words in this book. I mean there might be a totally of 15 words through this whole book. It was kinda cool though because you can follow the pictures and understand what the stories about. ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: community workers and fire fighter requests for the young
Recommended to June by: and Edward Sullivan
End papers have nice pictures of fire equipment. Extremely simple picture book with lots of repetitive sounds. Nice variety of pictures, change of views... Also includes a female firefighter, which I like since two of my high school classmates became fire fighters.

Would be useful if I am able to host the fire fighters for another story time.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a surefire winner of a read aloud to the preschool and kindergarten crowd. Lively illustrations, onomatopoeia, action words, and a multi-ethnic (and male/female) cast of firefighters keeps the story moving quickly. The ending is a nice touch as the restaurant owners who suffered the fire have "come back" into business. ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
A terrifying story for any thinking, feeling, breathing child. Why did the parents leave the baby in the apartment when there was a fire inside?!? Why don't they rescue their baby before they flee?!! ...more
Joan Marie
The scant text allows for lots of interaction between reader and listener.
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