'The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise.'
- author Jackie French

Thursday 2 December 2021

Review: Fire Truck Santa

Fire Truck Santa
is dedicated with love and thanks to volunteers around Australia. It is written and illustrated to accent and acknowledge, the kindness, generosity and invaluable help of people everywhere in times of need, especially fire fighters in their untiring role of saviours during bush-fires.

In this gorgeous book told in rhythmic rhyming verse, the Australian tradition of Santa arriving in a fire truck is being upheld!

The reindeers are resting up for the Christmas Eve run.


Santa uses his alternate mode of transport for the delivery of presents, for it is tradition for the versatile red fire truck to go through the country towns delivering presents for kids.

The children wait for Santa’s red fire truck. It can be identified from a distance by its noise and smell. Worn and battered, it manages to just make it to every stop. 

With splutters and coughs, it is given a truck-saving boost of petrol or some sort of patch-up for leaks or loose parts by the waiting children.   And for Santa, a cookie for luck. Then it's on its way again.

At the school there is no discrimination. Presents get passed around to everyone, happy or silly, bashful or wild. Even the animals get a little something to chew on.

When Santa’s truck breaks down completely and simply can’t be restored no matter how much attention it gets, how will he get about now, as every town needs a truck, especially in summer.

Terrific illustrations by Nathaniel Eckstrom sit lightly on the page allowing the bold text to take priority with its messages of love and hope and generous community spirit. The end pages show a panoramic view of the isolated Australian countryside. Vibrant back and front covers depict the old and new.

I loved it! Don’t miss this one!

Title: Fire Truck Santa
Author: Nic McPickle
Illustrator: Nathaniel Eckstrom
Publisher: Allen&Unwin , $ 17.99
Publication Date: 14 September 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760526894
For ages: 3 – 6
Type: Picture Book