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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (May 7, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803706715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803706712
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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K - Grade 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
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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My son loves this book so much I purchased softcovers for all the kids as a gift at his birthday party.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By markmase on May 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This may well be the best children's book ever published. I am not kidding. It is warm, funny, rhythmic, gorgeously illustrated and full of family sentiment. It will make your heart glow and will help your child learn to love books, poetry, and the musical sound of prose. May we all be as thankful as Maxie to have a home and may we all be as caring as Jim, the unsung hero of Taxi Dog, who takes him in. Do yourself and your 18 month old to 6 year old a favor and buy this book today!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Holly Lewis VINE VOICE on February 4, 2000
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As a children's librarian, I always picked this book up first during storyhour. Here is a hint! I use a dog puppet to tell the story for me! Then each child can meet and greet the puppet after the reading is over. Very interactive. Try to talk to kids about being kind to animals after you read this one - it will make them really listen to your message.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hensley on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
We received this book as a gift when my second child was born. Two children and 1,000 readings later, it is still a favorite. The illustrations are superb, and the rhyming lyric prose is always a joy to read. This is a book I love reading over and over again to my children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Truly one of the best children's books out there. The illustrations are incredibly rich, colorful and detailed and the story is so inventive and charming. I love Maxi! I bought this book today and read it to my 4 month old daughter. It held her attention the entire time--quite a feat! It's no wonder--the beautiful lyrical story with its rhymes and the gorgeous artwork are a delightful combination. I can't say enough about this charming story. What a plus that proceeds of the book go to a worthy animal cause. I want to see more of Maxi's adventures!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barb Koester on April 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my son when he was 5 yrs old as part of the scholastic book order through his school. My son is now going to be graduating from high school and he still has the book. However, it has seen better days since it is in paperback! The first time I read this book to him, believe it or not, I got choked up. The illustrations and the story itself are outstanding. He treasures this book as a very happy childhood memory. I've decided as part of his graduation present that I would get the brand new hard cover so that he may always cherish it and read it to his own kids some day. :o)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia Masi on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Second grade boys are tough critics but I've yet to find one who didn't like "The Adventures of Taxi Dog". The story, told in rhyme, is sensitive and funny. The pictures are colorful and ripe with details. The dedication is special and should not be skipped if you are reading this one out loud.
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THE ADVENTURES OF TAXI DOG by Debra & Sal Barracca, and illustrated by Mark Buehner, is a 31 page medium format book. Every other page has an illustration, but there are four 2-page spreads with illustrations going all the way across. Most of the story takes place in Manhattan, as is evident from illustrations containing the PAN AM BUILDING and THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, but one picture shows an airport.

The story begins by showing Maxi as a stray dog, the later being rescued by Jim the taxi driver, then riding in the taxi while wearing a red paisley bandana (worn by the dog), then returning to the taxi depot at the end of the day. There is no particular storyline, but one consistent theme is the depiction of unusual or precarious situations. For example, one illustration shows a businessman darting in front of heavy traffic and getting yelled at by another man driving down this street, a haughty wealthy woman with her nose in the air, a pregant woman waiting in the snow for a taxi ride, a woman shaking out a carpet from her apartment window, a bicycle rider in thick traffic getting scowled at by a truck driver. These situtions are not part of the storyline. They are just interesting things in the background, to stimulate the curiousity of intelligent readers.

Every illustration has a black cat. Some are easy to spot, while others take the form of only the head of the cat visible in the window of an automobile, a cat clock, a cloud shaped like a cat, or the black and white photograph of cat in a newspaper. Rabbits appear in three of the illustrations. The cats are not part of the storyline, they are just there to spot by curious readers.

The text takes the form of clumsy poetry. The couplets all rhyme, but the couplets do not scan well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Ann Dunne on January 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Take it from a Third Grade Teacher who has a social studies curriculum that includes the United States...What better way to celebrate New York City but with the Barracca's Series of Books entitled: Taxi Dog? Wonderful illustrations and rhyming text captivate my audience of 8-9 year olds and make them want to read the entire series! We even make our own "taxi dogs" and rewrite our own text using the rhyming sequence of the book. Thank you to the Barracca's - keep 'em coming!! :)
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