The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine Blog Tour: Book Two Review & Gift Cards Giveaway
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The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine Blog Tour: Book Two Review & Gift Cards Giveaway

Here comes my review of the second book in The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine picture book series. You may read my review of the first book here, if you haven't already. And don't forget to enter the Starbucks gift cards giveaway below!

About Book Two:

Book Title: Rusty Goes to Water World (The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine) by Joe Fisher
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 4-8), 36 pages
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Angler Publishing
Release date: August 2021
Tour dates: Aug 22 to Sep 9, 2022
Content Rating: G for children.

The townspeople of Someport-by-the-Sea want to honor Rusty for saving them during the “Summer Like No Other” so the Mayor Himself decides a park should be named in Rusty’s honor. But, finding the right place is not as easy as it sounds. Then when students at Sea Stone Elementary take Rusty on their end of year celebration at Water World things don’t go as planned.

Just as Mr. Spritz the Manager of Water World is about to close the park because of an equipment failure, Rusty, with the help of Fireman Jim and Mike the Deputy Fire Chief, once again saves the day and in the process finds a new home in a water park that bears his name.

My Review:

The adventure of Rusty the faded fire engine gets even wilder in the fun-filled Rusty Goes to Water World. Everyone in town wants to do something to show their heartfelt appreciation for good old Rusty, as well as to prevent themselves from forgetting him ever again. They applaud the mayor's idea about naming a park after Rusty but the search for the perfect park yields no result. The school kids suggest visiting Rusty more often, but the right time refuses to present itself.

Luckily, the second graders keep Rusty in mind and get permission to invite him to their annual celebration at Water World on the last day of school. When the pump inside the amusement park breaks down to cut the fun short, Rusty rises to the occasion and makes sure that everyone has the best day ever at Water World, later known as Rusty Always Saves the Day Water Park.

Filled with thrilling rides and slides, Water World is clearly the center of all actions and activities for this book. The illustrations of Water World are spectacular, with plenty of intricate designs and ample room for imagination. Those who are really fascinated about Water World can scan the QR code on the last page to access an illustrated map with more detailed descriptions about different parts and attractions of the park. What a cool bonus feature!

Compared with book one, the sequel sees a more playful and and joyful Rusty who actively interacts with the townspeople. This side of Rusty makes young readers love him even more. Plus, Rusty's rescue mission inspires us to be creative problem solvers and not to give up easily. I'm sure Rusty will continue to surprise us with his hidden capabilities. Look forward to finding out what they are in the next book in the series!

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About the Author:

After successful careers in market research and public health consulting, Joe now writes fulltime from his home base in Sanibel Island, Florida.

Like his career, his writing is wide ranging from academic books to works for the trade including: Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder, The Next Breath: New Life After Near Death.

His work has earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, The Miami Herald and the New England Journal of Medicine among others.

Recently, Joe jumped to the world of children’s picture books with the series The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine:

  • Book 1 – Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine 
  • Book 2 – Rusty Goes to Water World

A third book in the series, Rusty and Calliope, is in development.

In addition, a fourth children’s book, Ospreys in the Outfield: A Sanibel Story will be available in the fall 2022.

Connect with the author: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

Two lucky winners will each receive a $25 Starbucks gift card!

Giveaway ends 9/16. Open to US only. Please enter below. Good luck!


Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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