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Entertaining story for my 3 year old, featuring lots of mr men and little miss characters. Mr lazy starts ironing then takes a nap with the iron on, leading to a fire and we are introduced to many fire fighter characters. The book is quite educational too, and feels like a slightly longer story compared to the original mr men books. I’d recommend for around age 3-5 years.
As a child I had several of the original Mr Men books, which I loved. The stories were clever and funny, the artwork vivid and immersive. I bought the box set of all 48 Mr Men books a year ago, as a nostalgia trip...and I enjoyed the stories as much as an adult as I had as a child. The 'Mr Men and Little Miss Fire Station' had a lot to live up to, particularly since Roger Hargreaves (the writer and artist of all 48 original Mr Men books, and the Little Misses books too) had died and been replaced in the storyteller's/artist's seat by his son Adam. Roger had come up with the original concept for this book, but Adam was the one who brought it to fruition. I'm happy to admit that he did a fantastic job. Firstly, the book is large - much larger than the original books. The style of artwork is indistinguishable from the art in the original Mr Men books. It has the same vivid colour and vibrancy. As for the telling of the tale, Adam has the same amusing turn of phrase his father had. Also like his father, Adam hides morals in the story, but leaves the reader to infer these for him- or herself. This is an educational book that works on multiple levels: ethically; morally; artistically; logically; practically. How many other children's books can deliver that kind of education while being funny too? Not many. Roger Hargreaves had a magical gift for doing this. Adam, it seems, has the same sort of talent.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe Mr Men and Little Misses become fire officers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2020
This large-sized paperback (compared to the usual Little Miss and Mr Men format) gives a good range of fire station related terminology, and different rescue scenarios. The majority of the Little Miss and Mr Men characters who appear have, for the purposes of this book, become fire officers and are styled 'Officer' instead of 'Little Miss' or 'Mr'. Everything starts when Mr Lazy decides to open an ironing service, gets tired after ironing a single cuff, and falls asleep leaving the switched on iron face down on a shirt.
The story sort of peters out half-way through, but a lot of favourite characters make an appearance and there's a nice amount of detail about different types of rescue and fire, as well as different pieces of fire station equipment so there are a lot of learning opportunities for preschoolers.
3.0 out of 5 starsLots of characters makes it a bit muddled
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2020
I loved the mister men/little miss books as a child so was really excited to read this to my 3 year old. Unfortunately there are so many characters in this book, each introduced really quickly and then gone again that my daughter and I found it quite confusing and difficult to follow.
My daughter kept pointing to characters wondering who they were, and in some instances the characters weren't introduced in the story (for example, mr bump and Mr messy appeared on a page but weren't referenced in the text, bringing up lots of questions from my daughter). Its years since I read the books myself so am not familiar with the characters, so I ended up having to Google them to find out so I could tell her!
It would be good to have a reference page at the back with all the characters and their names like they used to have in the individual character books. Because there are so many characters (and some look nearly identical to one another so are easily mistaken), I feel this is probably a book for mr men/little miss fans who know the books and characters well.
5.0 out of 5 starsGlorious addition to the Mr Men Little Miss series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2020
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Mr. Men Little Miss Fire Station
This is another fabulous addition to the Mr Men series.
The book is large and wonderfully colourful and imaginative. It's great for kids, and why not adults?!
The book references other characters, and so I reckon that it is good to have begun with the 'traditional' ones first, otherwise the kids might get a bit confused by who some characters are. Of course, you could spend more time on each page and then as they appear chat about the characters and mimic them, so as to give a flavour about them all.
But, this is great imaginative entertainment, and the children that I have read this with love it: it's a lovely read.