Fire! Fire! Said Mrs. McGuire
Bill Martin Jr. & Vladmir Radunsky
Harcourt, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
he original text to this old rhyme is brought back to life with new illustrations in
"Fire! Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire
he story is a case of mistaken actions that get out of control. A mouse named Mrs. McGuire catches sight of flames through a keyhole, and yells '
' Of course, this prompts a series of reactions by the other mice, my favorite line being: '
'Oh, help us and save us!' said Mrs. McDavis, as she slid down the stairs with a sack of potatoes.
he mice finally burst into the room where they spotted the fire, only to realize that what they saw were birthday candles. In fact, a cat is celebrating his birthday, which adds to the irony, and the humor, of the story.
he rhyme sequences remind me a bit of Polly Cameron's
I Can't Said the Ant
, though Martin's text is much shorter. The collage-like illustrations and the key hole shaped cut-out at the end add charm to the cute rhyme. This picture book is geared towards the younger set, who will enjoy the surprise ending.
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