The Adventures of Taxi Dog

The Adventures of Taxi Dog

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by Debra Barracca, Sal Barracca, Mark Buehner
     
 

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His name is Maxi and he rides in a taxi with his beloved Jim all day!

Maxi, a homeless mutt, has fended for himself in the city until one day he meets taxi drive Jim who invited him to come home and live with him. Maxi can hardly believe his good luck, and from that point on, he and Jim share their adventures. They revel in the sights and sounds of the city: Maxi

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His name is Maxi and he rides in a taxi with his beloved Jim all day!

Maxi, a homeless mutt, has fended for himself in the city until one day he meets taxi drive Jim who invited him to come home and live with him. Maxi can hardly believe his good luck, and from that point on, he and Jim share their adventures. They revel in the sights and sounds of the city: Maxi tells of rushing a young couple to the hospital, in a frantic effort to beat the stork; of the day when two circus clowns and a chimp jump into their; and about the times when Maxi puts on his Groucho Marx nose, mustache and glasses for the entertainment of the backseat passengers.

These and other adventures are brillitantly depicted in Mark Buehner's stunning and joyful paintings of a dog's-eye view of city life.

Children and older readers will return to this happy tale, to enjoy Maxi's good fortune again and again, and to absorb the glorious colors and the many witty details of Mark Buehner's paintings.

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Editorial Reviews

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:
9780803706729
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/07/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 11.07(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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