Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine

Book One
The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine
AGES 4-8!

Written by Joe Fisher
Illustrated by Jaye Boswell 

Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine tells the story of a fire engine and the fireman and boy who love him.  It is a lighthearted and multi-layered story, richly told, that will appeal to children and adults alike. 

Whimsical illustrations create an air of fantasy, drawing children into Rusty’s world while stimulating their imaginations as they follow Rusty’s journey from hero to outcast and back again.

The surprise ending brings the tale to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion that reveals all things have hidden value that is waiting to be released.   Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a classic story of love, loss, transformation and redemption.

Also available as an eBook: $4.99


What Others Are Saying


“A delightful repast that transcends generations.  At once, a kiddo’s trek through the blissful naïveté of life on the bright side.  And a Boomer’s journey that illustrates the value and joy of purposefully redefining.  Certain to elicit smiles and tug and touch hearts of all ages.” – DOROTHY PARKER, REVIEW ON AMAZON

“I purchased Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine for my 3 year old daughter – who is obsessed with fire engines and dalmations – and she loved it! The illustrations are fantastic and it has a great message. Definitely recommend!” – ERIKA IRIS SIMMONS

“Children and adults will relate to this charming story. A new fire engine becomes a cast-off with age. Even though the community has all but forgotten its initial pride in the engine there are still those who remember the wonderful experiences they enjoyed with Reddy/Rusty. Rusty’s old age becomes an asset in a clever ending to the story.

The story contains delightful jingles and rhymes for children to repeat. The illustrator has done a superb job of making Reddy/Rusty jump off the page and into our hearts.” – LYNN BEATY

Review for Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine from Kirkus Reviews:

Fisher’s prose invites empathy, as does illustrator Boswell’s understated suggestion of a face in Rusty’s grille and headlights.

Also from Kirkus Reviews:

…the ups and downs of an anthropomorphic fire engine are sympathetically portrayed…

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Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine was given the title “Indie Book Worth Discovering” by Kirkus Reviews 2018

Following is from an official review of “Rusty The Forgotten Fire Engine” by Joe Fisher. Review by ciecheesemeister:

“The story has good lessons for readers of all ages. There was absolutely nothing that I disliked about it, although I honestly did cry when Rusty was bullied and pushed aside.

“…The story does have a happy ending and it is appropriate for readers of all ages. Middle-grade students may be able to read the book on their own. It has beautiful illustrations, an engaging plot, and it moves along at a steady but not frenzied pace.

“I do not hesitate to give Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine four out of four stars.”

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