Kai to the Rescue! : Kai to the Rescue

by Audrey Penn, Illustrated By Mike Yamada

Orchard Books
September 2016

Ages 3 – 6 . Grades PreK – 1

Library of Congress: 2015039318

Lexile measure: AD600L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L

Kai is a small green-and-white pumper truck who moves into Firehouse #10. Firehouse #10 has some of the biggest, reddest fire trucks around. So how can Kai fit in with the other fire trucks?

When a big fire breaks out, it's Kai who saves the day!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn, Kai to the Rescue! is a delightful story that celebrates the differences that make every one of us special. The trucks come to life with the exciting, kid-friendly art of up-and-coming animator and illustrator Mike Yamada!

Kai to the Rescue! is perfect for National Fire Prevention Month (October) and Fire Prevention Week (the second week of October).

Confidence comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes!
Audrey Penn

Audrey Penn is the author of numerous children's books, including the Chester Raccoon series, which includes the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand. Audrey lives in Durham, North Carolina. For more information, go to
Mike Yamada

Mike Yamada is the illustrator of Bedtime Blastoff! He works as an animation production designer based in Pasadena, California. Mike has contributed to many animated films, including Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon, and Big Hero 6. Visit him online at


  • Praise for The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper:
    A #1 New York Times bestseller
    A 2007 NEA Survey Educators' Top 100 Children's Book

    Praise for A Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Barbara Leonard Gibson
    "Penn understands the powerful pull of old-fashioned sentiment." -- Publishers Weekly

    Praise for Bedtime Blastoff! by Luke Reynolds and illustrated by Mike Yamada:
    "Yamada's digital illustrations amplify the creativity of this duo, offering detailed images of the child's bedroom as it becomes a sort of infinite and diverse playground. ... With its simple, declarative text and lively illustrations, this is an ideal story for transportation-themed storytimes or for launching kids to bedtime." -- Kirkus Reviews



ISBN: 9780545816366

40pp. | 10-⅞ x 8-¼