Chris L. Demarest

Chris L. Demarest says: "A few years ago my wife and I brought our two-year-old son to an open house at a fire station. Ethan loved the big red fire trucks and I became totally enthralled not only by the trucks, but by the idea of serving my community as a firefighter.

"Being a full-time illustrator, I work at home, so I could be on call at any time. I took a lot of classes, passed some hard tests, and became a volunteer firefighter. I am on call for the Meriden, New Hampshire, station, where I now get to drive those big red fire trucks.

"I created Firefighters A to Z to show Ethan and other children what firefighting is really like. It can be an exciting job, but it's also a dangerous one. I hope to convey that through this book."

Books by this Author

I Can Jump Higher! (Reader's Digest) (All-Star Readers)
My Best Friend (Reader's Digest) (All-Star Readers)
Hurricane Hunters!
Alpha Bravo Charlie
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Change is good.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. To see calm in the midst of chaos.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Pasta in all forms

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Charlie Chaplin

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness, for me, comes when one is doing what they want for a career, accepting that things in life can't always be controlled and to accept those bumps in the road as challenges, not obstacles.