Continuing with our Ladybird theme, we read Forgetful Little Fireman from the Little People series. I’m fairly sure we used to have several of these, I’m not quite sure where they went. This one is reasonably inoffensive – as you can imagine, there’s a fireman, and he forgets things, like his socks, and helmet, and chief. (Oops.)
The callout which involves searching for lost pets I find slightly annoying – surely the fire brigade would giggle down the phone at a pet shop owner who called them up to help search? But it’s ideal for reading with small children who can search for the forgotten things in the first few pictures, and then the lost pets in the next few. Nothing to worry about, no one gets hurt (there isn’t even the mild peril from Sly Fox and Red Hen) (maybe I should introduce a parental content advisory – mild peril, cartoon violence, rude words?) and everything ends happily ever after.
And it’s nice and short. Bonus.
It’s got: a fireman.
It’s not: particularly accurate. Even as picture books go.
Pedantic point: the fire brigade doesn’t search for lost pets. They might rescue them, but I don’t think they search for them.