Emergency by Margaret Mayo; illustrated by Alex Ayliffe (2002)

This book will very quickly help you identify the transport-loving fans in your audience. Expect them next to your knee by about the second page.

There is something incredibly satisfying about reading Emergency aloud. Each page follows a similar pattern, there is some sort of disaster requiring an emergency vehicle, and in each instance, help is at hand.


“Tree on the track – emergency!

But breakdown train can clear the way.

Huge crane hooking, lifting, shifting;

Help is coming – it’s on the way!”

From cranes, to lifeboats, police motorbikes to snow ploughs, they’re all here. One of my favourites for a young preschool audience.

Check out Emergency at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Emergency from Fishpond.


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