The Adventures of Taxi Dog

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Maxi, a homeless mutt in New York City, has always fended for himself. Then one day a kind taxi driver named Jim offers him friendship, a home, and a place in the front seat! From that moment on, Maxi and Jim revel in the sights and sounds of the city, and share all sorts of wild adventures-from rushing two clowns and a chimp to the circus, to singing duets with an opera diva! These and other adventures are brilliantly depicted in Mark Buehner's witty, detail-packed oil ...

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Overview

Maxi, a homeless mutt in New York City, has always fended for himself. Then one day a kind taxi driver named Jim offers him friendship, a home, and a place in the front seat! From that moment on, Maxi and Jim revel in the sights and sounds of the city, and share all sorts of wild adventures-from rushing two clowns and a chimp to the circus, to singing duets with an opera diva! These and other adventures are brilliantly depicted in Mark Buehner's witty, detail-packed oil paintings.

A stray dog in New York City is adopted by a taxi driver, with whom he thereafter rides and shares adventures each day.

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Jim, a New York City taxi driver, rescues a stray dog and dubs his new pet Maxi. Maxi accompanies Jim in his taxi and meets all sorts of people. With each new passenger, Maxi makes a new friend--and even helps Jim get tips! The text is written in a bouncing rhyme, and Beuhner's paintings capture Maxi's doggy personality and Jim's geniality. Can you find the cat in every picture?
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``My name is Maxi, / I ride in a taxi / Around New York City all day.'' This rhythmic beginning sets the tone for the beguiling tale of a former stray dog. Jim, a taxi driver, finds Maxi in a park, takes him home and feeds him and, from then on, takes his new friend with him to work every day. Maxi loves the sights, the sounds and even the occasional emergencies--but most of all he loves Jim, who saved him from the streets. Jim is surprised when he begins receiving big tips, but readers--and this canny canine--know the reason why. The Barraccas' narrative so perfectly echoes Maxi's jaunty attitude that children might suppose that being a New York taxi dog is the best job in the world. Buehner's black, yellow and white borders that surround the text cleverly suggest Checker cabs, and his use of dark, intense colors suggest a New York that is both familiar and funny. For dog fanciers, taxi riders and lovers of fine picture books, this is a sheer delight. Ages 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Sometimes good fortune comes from out of nowhere to turn the unpleasant into the delightful. That's exactly what happens to Maxi, a dog who "grew up in the city/ all dirty and gritty/ looking for food after dark." By chance, Maxi meets a loving taxi driver named Jim and is offered a home. As the two become partners in the transportation business, they encounter a number of interesting passengers--a singer, an expectant mother, and two clowns with a monkey. Each page of text is bordered in bright yellow with a black-and-white checkerboard pattern in the frame to carry out the taxi motif. Bright, colorful illustrations of their adventures in the city add to the text; watch for the scenes of Maxi in a Groucho Marx disguise and with his head thrust out the open window. The central theme of this story is how nice it is to be loved and wanted, a message that we all like to hear now and then. 2000 (orig. 1990), Puffin Books, Ages 4 to 8, $15.99 and $5.99. Reviewer: Carol Lynch
School Library Journal
K - Gr 2 --A stray dog's outlook takes a quick turn for the better when Jim, a New York City taxi driver, offers him a name, friendship, and a place in the front seat. Maxi describes with infectious doggy delight the satisfactions of life on wheels: the unusual fares, the pleasure of both helping and entertaining people in a hurry, and of wearily dropping the cab off at the garage after a long day. Buehner uses an oil-over-acrylic technique that gives each scene a subtle, lively play of light and color. The figures have a rounded solidity reminiscent of Van Allsburg's work, and are seen from a dog's/bird's-eye view, or some other unusual angle, against busy, idealized (the cabs are all in perfect condition) cityscapes. Background detail and byplay (including a small cat that seems to follow the cab around) will keep young readers glued to the illustrations. Alas, the engaging story idea (based on a real encounter) and brilliant pictures are chained to a singsong text in verse that combines pedestrian language with tediously long sentences, some of which exist only to make a rhyme . ``Jim said, `Your name's Maxi, / You'll ride in my taxi, /We'll ride all over the town. / We'll go riding uptown and down.''' Flawed but appealing. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140566659
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Pavilion Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 72,554
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Barracca, in collaboration with her husband Sal Barracca, is the author of The Adventures of Taxi Dog (Dial) and Maxi, the Hero (Dial and Puffin). They live in Katonah, New York.
The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Carolyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny’s Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Even my four great nieces love the adventures of Maxi and Jim!

    Even my four great nieces love the adventures of Maxi and Jim! The book has proven to be such a support system for a whole generation of families. There is a wonderful heart to this book. Thank you writers and illustrator......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    best book

    This book is one of my daughters favorites. She wants to read it everyday. I know this is not a phase because we have been doing it for a year. She truly enjoys it and I enjoy that she loves books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    The greatest for children and dog lovers everywhere

    I bought this book for my nephew when it first came out. It quickly became his favorite book. I bought another copy 6 years ago when my best friend had her son, again a hit. So when I had my little one, I bought another copy. She is 2 and it's one of her favorites- we read this ALOT. I would highly recommend it for it's story of generosity, love and caring, along with beautiful illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Our favorite book of all time

    This is my children's and my all time favorite book. They are now 19 and 18 and we have been enjoying this book together since they were small. Now my eldest is getting ready to have his first child and wanted to be sure I was going to get the whole Taxi Dog collection for him to read to his baby...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    Perfect for Reluctant Readers and Everyone Else

    This is my favorite picture book of all time. As a children's librarian, I've read hundreds of picture books. This one is a sure-fire crowd pleaser! After reading the story I invite the children to come up one at a time to find the hidden black cat on every page. They usually insist we read the book again together after that. This book is never on the shelf. The sequels are cute, but not as good as the first. Still they go out all the time. I believe Maxi, the Hero also has the hidden cat in each picture. A lot tougher to find this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    illustrations a child will love

    you will not be dissapointed with this beautifully illustrated book. my children loved the rhyming story and loved finishing the sentences as we read along.

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