12th out of 108 books — 33 voters
The Adventures of Taxi Dog (Maxi the Taxi Dog)
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 d...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Puffin
(first published 1990)
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I have found memories of reading, "The Adventures of Taxi Dog" to my son when he was little boy (He is now 21). When we adopted a dog from the pound, we had to name him Maxi. His giggles as he found the little black cat on each page; still warms by heart to this day. When I published my book, the illustrator asked me if I had any request. My one request, was that there was a hidden item on each page. I wanted my readers to create the same found memories of reading my book to their little ones, a...more
The Adventures of Taxi Dog is sure to be an instant hit as a read aloud. Full of fun word play, vivid pictures and fun characters that meet Maxi the dog in the Taxi make the story come alive. To take the lesson even further have student make a route for Max and Jim, create a story between Max and one of the fares, who is this person, where are they going, what kind of things do they talk to Max about? Once students create their story of Max and someone they meet perhaps they can put on a play to...more
This is an exciting book for kids to read, because it comes from the perspective of a rescued dog and showcases parts of the city and what it's like to travel in a taxi. I think this would be really fun for children who don't live near a city and don't experience what a taxi is like. For many, taxis are really exciting the first few times they are experienced. This was also a sweet message about taking care of dogs and a good discussion on homeless animals and what people can do to change that.
This is a great book full of rhymes. This story follows a dog as he travels throughout a busy city. I would use this book in a science or block center to prompt children to investigate the beautifully detailed pictures. The language used throughout this book is also great to use in a writing center on word rings. I think this could also be used to discuss the different communities that people live in (cities, suburban, farms, etc).
This is such a cute book! Al dog lovers will understand the connection the dog has with his new owner. Since it is a rhyming book, it can be used as an example of phonemic awareness. It is also a great way for new writers to see a book written from the perspective of the dog. I would also use this book to point out the importance and advantages of helping animals and anybody else that doesn't have a home!
Students will enjoy some of the silly illustrations in this book. This book is great for students who love animals and this would also be a great book to talk about taxis. Some students may have never seen a taxi and would have no idea that they can pay someone to drive them somewhere. This could lead to discussion on different forms of transportation or even cities in general.
I enjoyed this book. It's funny because we all know how we feel about things. Knowing that an animal enjoys being in the big city too is funny. I like how the story is written. I wouldn't use this text to teach any particular concept. I believe it is just one of those fun read alouds that is a pleasure to have in the classroom library.
This book could be a wonderful read aloud to get your students thinking about creative story ideas! This book could lead students to think of what places they would want to see if they were a taxi driver! This book can also be used a an example to point out people who do a service. The students will be entertained by the beautiful illustrations and the places the taxi dog travels!
This book is great for the dog-lovers in your classroom. The illustrations are awesome in this book, and the constant rhyme will make it enjoyable for children Pre-K through 2nd grade to hear as a read-aloud. I would read this to my students and ask them to write more...what other adventures could taxi dog go on?
This book is great for a read aloud; it is funny and easy to relate to (most children have dogs at home). Dog lovers alike can come together and enjoy this book! Also, The Adventures of Taxi Dog is wonderful for phonemic awareness in the sense that there are lots of rhymes!
Taxi dog is perfect to read to an elementary school class, even though me as an adult enjoys it still. The rhyming flow of this book is engaging and the pictures are big and colorful. Taxi dog is so loveable and it's perfect for a dof g lover like me !
A book filled with rhyming words, which will help students connect rhyming words with word families. As we did in groups in our literacy class students can create word family ‘flip books’ that allow students to explore this concept of word families.
This book would be great to introduce different lifestyles, some children may connect with the city if they have lived or visited the city, and others can see what the city might be like. Children who love dogs will especially like this book!
I thought this book was really cute. The pictures were fun and I think this book would be great to read to younger children when teaching about friendship. Friendship doesn't just have to be between people, but can be with animals too!
Feb 14, 2013 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Illustrated by Mark Buehner. I LOVED this book as a kid and still think it's super cute. With a nice rhyme and a sweet story, it's sure to be a book that all kids will like. The illustrations are EXCELLENT too.
Dec 17, 2011 Kayla rated it 3 of 5 stars
This book is written in a fun, rhyming, poem form. It is a good book for talking about rescuing animals, and the friendships we form with our pets. Kids enjoy the humor during Maxi's adventures.
Feb 21, 2011 Brittany Brewer rated it 5 of 5 stars
This book is a lot of fun. It is from the perspective of a dog who enjoys riding through the city with his owner and friend. The text contains several rhyming words that students can learn. This can be used as a read-aloud from grades K-2; I would use this as a writing lesson. I would have my students write about other places that a taxi dog can go.
What a fun book that takes readers on an entertaining adventure through the eyes of a dog! Besides the wonderful creativity, Debra Barracca does a great job implementing rhyming words for those early readers! I would also use this book as a writing prompt for students by using, " The adventures of...." This would also be a fun book to use when exploring with different sight words. " The Adventures of Taxi Dog" is a fun-filled book, which would be great for children in kindergarten and first grad...more