Work Title: My Taxi Ride
Work Author(s): Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender; Selina Alko, illustrator
Color Illustrations, 32 pages, Hardcover $15.95
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Robin Slaw
"Hail taxi! Hey taxi! Ho taxi! Yo taxi!" begins a madcap ride around New York City in a taxicab. "Where to, Miss? Where to, Mister? Where to, Brother? Where to, Sister? All around our New York town!"
Whimsical illustrations of yellow cabs "buzzing around like bumblebees" take readers through the neighborhoods of the Big Apple. Bright colors, fanciful lettering, and people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages catch the eye and engage the imagination. Fast-moving rhythms, with taxi-calling refrains, "Hail taxi! Hey taxi! Ho taxi! Yo taxi!" are sure to captivate young readers.
The authors, a husband-and-wife team, show their love for their home city in this lively book featuring taxi rides through the Great White Way, Greenwich Village, Museum Mile, and even a traffic jam. Their previous books include My Subway Ride, Children's Songbag, and Putting on a Play. Jacobs has co-authored four books with musician Pete Seeger, and Swender is a veteran elementary school teacher and curriculum writer.
The bold, colorful illustrations...