The Fire Brigade by Ian Campbell and Tim Constable #Review #Children’s #BlogTour
Series: The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush
Title: The Fire Brigade
Author: Ian Campbell & Tim Constable
Release Date: 4th December 2018
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 26
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
It is a lovely day in Billy Bog Brush’s neighbourhood. Billy is wondering what to do with himself, when he hears his neighbour, Mrs. Brown, screaming for help. Billy springs into action! Billy races to the scene where he finds Mrs. Brown’s house is on fire and she is locked out. Billy must use creative thinking to find a key. Will Billy manage to get the key before the fire brigade arrives? In this sweet children’s story about courage and helping others, Billy learns how much fun it can be to be a hero!
As the title suggests, this is the story of Billy Bog Brush and his adventure helping enable someone to be rescued from a fire. Having a ‘bog brush’ as the hero is definitely different and very likely to appeal to children. The illustrations are large, attractive and help enhance the enjoyment of the story. Billy is small but determined and innovative. He has an “I can do this” attitude which is reiterated through the story. I like how he plans ahead his steps to achieve his goal before starting out on any actions and acknowledges the dangers whilst trying to keep safe. I’m not sure about encouraging children to emulate his actions – especially going into a burning building or trying to stand on a bannister like Billy does, but maybe that would be a talking point with an adult! Through it all Billy is courageous and strives to help others and ends up being recognised as a hero.
After the story there are several pages with suggestions for drawings children can do to illustrate parts of the story for themselves – these are great, but I do wish the text on them had been presented in both upper and lower case type as block capitals are much harder for children to read independently and some find this frustrating. As a primary teacher, I could definitely see opportunities to use this story with classes. The scenarios would be brilliant stimuli for discussions and both the text and illustrations could be used to prompt and develop children’s writing skills, too. There are also opportunities for more work on the emergency services, having a fire plan and so much more. Definitely a great children’s story for teachers and parents to check out for the children in their care IMHO.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36862752-the-adventures-of-billy-bog-brush
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Billy-Bog-Brush-Brigade-ebook/dp/B07KBWW9SR
Ian Campbell is a senior storeman for the MOD. Born into a military family, he has lived in Germany, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. His first book, A Walk with God, was published in 2011.
Tim Constable works as a data analyst. He is also a musician, in the Coventry Cathedral choir as a boy, then later composing and playing in his own rock band. As a graphic artist, he has designed logos and flyers for various organizations.
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Many thanks to Authoright and Faye Rogers for providing materials for this post and organising the blog tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read this book.