21 Nov

Starred PW review for Fire Truck vs. Dragon: “Frustrated expectations have seldom been so funny”

There’s been another encouraging assessment of Fire Truck vs. Dragon, which I wrote and Shanda McCloskey illustrated, and which will be published March 10 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Behold, a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

This time, the joke is on readers: unlike the rivals in Shark vs. Train, Fire Truck and Dragon are besties (“We get along great!” says Fire Truck. “Why wouldn’t we?”). Each time there’s a possible confrontation involving Dragon’s incendiary talents and Fire Truck’s capacity to extinguish them, the result is comically companionable. … Frustrated expectations have seldom been so funny; Barton’s misdirections are beautifully timed, and McCloskey’s digitally enhanced pencil-and-watercolor drawings are bright and exuberant.

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