This is a children’s picture book written by a local ‘to me’ author and 911 Dispatcher. An interview with her will appear tomorrow!
Can I Call 9-1-1 NOW?
Author: Theresa Carcioppolo
Illustrator: Christa Mabrey
Published: April 9, 2022
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 21, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Join Turbo the tortoise as he learns when and when NOT to call 911.
This is an entertaining and enlightening children’s picture book that helps to show young children when and more importantly when to not call 911! It is a short book at just 24 pages that accomplishes what it sets out to do and with the colorful pictures, it will keep young readers attention AND help them to learn some important things too!
Each page has just a couple of sentences to it which is simple enough for the littlest reader to understand. And the pictures go well with those sentences! The pictures are bright and colorful and Carcioppolo has taken her love of reptiles and bring them in as characters in the story.
The book gives great examples of things all young children (and yes adults as well) should know such as their address and their parent(s) phone number. Examples are also given of what is and is not an actual emergency of calling 911. We see Turbo wanting to help others and call 911 when he shouldn’t. We even have one instance where he did call 911 when it wasn’t needed: When there was a cat stuck up in a tree!( And you know this has actually happened!). Of course, we also see Turbo save the day by calling 911 when it actually was needed.
This is a book that all young children should read and learn from. Carcioppolo has done a great job with a short book sharing what small kids and big kids need to know!