The Resource Hotshots!
- Statement of responsibility
- Chris L. Demarest
- Rhyming text introduces the equipment and work of a team of fire fighters as they battle a blaze caused by a spark from a train
- PreS-Gr 1 –An outstanding informational source that is highly appealing in its presentation. The brief rhyming text, similar to that in Demarest's Firefighters A to Z (2000) and Smokejumpers One to Ten (2002, both McElderry), tells the story of the "hotshots" called to put out a brushfire that is threatening to destroy a mountainside neighborhood. The short, uncomplicated text belies the author's knowledge of his subject. Despite an occasional forced rhyme, each word has been carefully chosen. While the text is simple enough for young listeners, it includes keywords that impart factual material. An author's note includes additional information and explanations of terminology. Borderless, double-page pastel illustrations effectively show the progression of events, from the accidental ignition of dried grass and deployment of brush rigs and trucks until moments after the fire has been extinguished. The vivid color and smudgy look of the pastel crayon artwork perfectly re-create the wildly raging fire and the hotshots. Every library will want to have this book on hand.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH --Susan Scheps (Reviewed August 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 8, p148)
- /* Starred Review */ Demarest's passion for firefighting ignited two terrific books (Firefighters A to Z ; Smokejumpers One to Ten ); now he makes it three with this compellingly detailed salute to the highly specialized ground crews called "Hotshots." Following a fire from its inception (sparks from a train land in a dry field) to its defeat through a tactic called "backburning" (in which the hotshot crews actually set small fires intended to rob the oncoming inferno of more fuel), Demarest's journalistic framings and staccato couplets conjure all the drama and urgency of a breaking news report. "Police drive through streets, calling 'Evacuate!' / For some people's homes, it is just much too late./ Chaparral explodes and jumps a side street./ A wood-shingled roof torches off from the heat." The pastel illustrations, ablaze in oranges and yellows, explode from the spreads with a sense of heat and growing danger as the hotshots work bravely and diligently to thwart the inferno's power. In a series of extraordinary spreads that form the book's climax, Demarest plunges readers into the thick of a hillside's 60-foot flames, which force the hotshots to hug the ground in tent-like "Shake 'n Bake" shelters as a wall of fire literally rolls over them. A brief but informative author's note concludes this exciting and invaluable companion to understanding wildfires and the heroes who battle them. Ages 5-8. (May) --Staff (Reviewed April 21, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 16, p62)
- Demarest adds another gem to his lambent survey of modern firefighting with this mesmerizing look at the men and women who are specially trained and equipped to fight wildfires. In big, eye-filling scenes he shows a fire's genesis in sparks thrown off by a passing train, then its swift passage across fields and down upon a housing development as the "Hotshot" teams work frantically to contain it. With broad, dramatic brushwork, he not only captures the fire's breathtaking speed and fury, but depicts the firefighters' specific gear and techniques as they quickly create a backburn, then drop beneath collapsible shelters dubbed "Shake-n-bakes" as the wind-driven blaze roars up. The author captions each scene with a line or two of rhymed text, supplies additional details at the end, and closes with lists of recommended books, films, and Web sites. This one fire finally brought under control, the Hotshots are last seen readying themselves to take on the next—not as larger-than-life, tall-tale heroes, but as a team of steady professionals in a very dangerous line of work. Altogether admirable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2003)
- Cataloging source
- no index present
- Interest level
- Literary form
- non fiction
- Nature of contents
- Reading level
- Study program name
- Accelerated Reader AR
- Target audience
ContextContext of Hotshots!
Embed this data in a secure (HTTPS) page:
Include data citation:
Cite Data - Experimental
Data Citation of the Work Hotshots!
Copy and paste the following RDF/HTML data fragment to cite this resource
<div class="citation" vocab="http://schema.org/"><i class="fa fa-external-link-square fa-fw"></i> Data from <span resource="http://link.library.austintexas.gov/resource/UB2UpU3zTP0/" typeof="CreativeWork http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/Work"><span property="name http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/label"><a href="http://link.library.austintexas.gov/resource/UB2UpU3zTP0/">Hotshots!</a></span> - <span property="potentialAction" typeOf="OrganizeAction"><span property="agent" typeof="LibrarySystem http://library.link/vocab/LibrarySystem" resource="http://link.library.austintexas.gov/"><span property="name http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/label"><a property="url" href="http://link.library.austintexas.gov/">Austin Public Library</a></span></span></span></span></div>