Hello, friends! Our book today is Firefighter Flo!, written by Andrea Zimmerman and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, a simple yet exciting tale of firefighters at work. By
Firefighter Flo and the rest of her station house are fast asleep in their bunks when the call comes in – a fire! The team quickly slides down the pole and suits up in turnouts, racing to the scene and manning the hoses to put out the blaze. Suddenly, Flo hears something: the yelp of a dog still stuck in the fire! Acting with haste and courage, Flo breaks through a door and braves the flames, rescuing the pup and reuniting it with its family. A job well done, the firefighters return to the station and tuck in for a good night’s sleep.
Stylish and fun. While the story may seem fairly boilerplate, Zimmerman brings pop and punch to the writing with onomatopoeia and rhythmic meter, making this a joy to read aloud to young bookworms. The excitement of the fire is palpable, added to greatly by Yaccarino’s sleek colorblock art; the geometric polkadot pattern used to for the firehouse’s dalmatian is a great touch, for instance. Best of all, amongst the uncomplicated visuals and storytelling, the creators do something special by centering the story around a woman of color and her very diverse (physically, racially, gender expression, etc) crew. Firefighter books are largely based around white male characters, even when they are ensemble pieces, so this is a great example of a simple story elevated by inclusion and representation. The length is perfect for a quick storytime, and JJ loved the sound effects. Overall, we love it – Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)