Synopses & Reviews
Magnus lives and works at the Broadway Firehouse. He knows that when the fire alarm clangs, he and his partners, Billy and Sparks, are supposed to spring into action. Without them the firemen would never be able to move the gigantic steam pumper. And without a pumper the crew wouldn't be able to put out fires. andlt;BRandgt; Then one day the captain drives into the firehouse on a loud, newfangled contraption called a motorized fire truck. It doesn't need horses to pull it to a fire. So just like that, Magnus, Sparks, and Billy are out of a job. andlt;BRandgt; A little history, a little humor, and a whole lot of heart are artfully blended in this rousing tale of one high-spirited horse who can't accept being put out to pasture. And thank goodness! Because it's this steadfast sense of duty that ultimately saves the day.
This well-researched picture book uses a little history, a little humor, and a whole lot of heart to tell the story of a high-spirited horse that lives and works at an early 20th-century firehouse and can't accept being put out to pasture. Full color.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Jennifer Armstrongandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include andlt;iandgt;Hugh Can Doandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Catandlt;/iandgt; (both ALA Notable books); andlt;iandgt;The Dreams of Mairhe Mehanandlt;/iandgt; (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book); and andlt;iandgt;Black-Eyed Susanandlt;/iandgt; (a New York Public Library Best Book). Her first novel, andlt;iandgt;Steal Awayandlt;/iandgt;, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable book, and a Golden Kite Honor book. Other titles include andlt;iandgt;Pocketsandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Shipwreck at the Bottom of the Worldandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Magnus at the Fireandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Photo by Bradyandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Once Upon a Bananaandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in New York State.andlt;Bandgt;Owen Smith'sandlt;/Bandgt; illustrations have appeared in andlt;Iandgt;Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone,andlt;/Iandgt; the andlt;Iandgt;New York Times Magazine, GQ, Entertainment Weekly,andlt;/Iandgt; and numerous times on the cover of the andlt;Iandgt;New Yorker.andlt;/Iandgt; Influenced by WPA artists of the 1930s and muralist Diego Rivera, Smith holds a BA from the Arts Center College in Pasadena. He is internationally renowned, and his paintings have been featured in exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, and Milan. His first picture book, Ray Hicks's andlt;Iandgt;The Jack Tales,andlt;/Iandgt; was published in 2000. Owen lives with his wife and two sons in Alameda, California.