If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song

illus. by Jeff Mack. 32p. Doubleday. Apr. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781101937402.
PreS-Gr 1—As a dad tucks his son in for the night, the toy fire truck the boy cradles inspires a rhyming song about all the ways a father's love keeps a son safe and happy, wherever they may be. "If my love were a knight's big shield,/it would fight any dragon's flame./And if my love were a lion's roar,/it would thunder across the plain." The mixed-media scenes show the boy and his dad floating in space, surfing in the ocean, and finding treasure while scuba diving. They race cars, ride horses, and wave to the monkeys while on a safari. Everything they do, they do together, even falling asleep. The colorful art is simple and engaging.
VERDICT This bedtime story reassures and entertains. A guaranteed hit for vehicle lovers.

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