Book Review: Mose the Fireman

Rating: ★★★★☆

Eric Metaxas proves his artistic versatility with this sprightly, irreverent rendition of the popular folk tale Mose the Fireman.  A codgerly narrator mixes modern slang into his tale of Mose, the larger-than-life hero who manages to propose to his sweetheart Lize while saving the city from fire, draining the Hudson River, and singlehandedly digging the tunnel that becomes the subway system.  Unlike other versions, this story doesn’t end with tragedy, but with a happy wedding scene.  The text rolls along jauntily, and Everett Peck’s amusing illustrations evoke just the right mood.

The book itself doesn’t need improvement, but there is a DVD and CD narration available through Rabbit Ears Entertainment, and there’s more where that came from — it’s part of a larger collection of American folktales.

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Publication Information: Metaxas, Eric. Mose the Fireman: The Legendary Firefighter. Peck, Everett (Illustrator). Simon & Schuster. 1996. ISBN: 0689802277.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on October 7, 2011

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