Maxi the taxi can’t wait to start driving through the streets of a big city.
Earnest to the core, shiny yellow Maxi, with bright eyes for windows and a smile stretched out wide across his front, is thrilled to start his first day of work. His tiny tires bounce across the pavement as he ZOOOMs and ZIPs all over town. Unfortunately, he also splashes in every puddle that he sees. Ice cream drips make him sticky, and pigeon droppings make him icky. Then a snobby “taxi gal” pulls up next to him to whisper words of unsolicited advice: “You’d better wash up Mr. Gooey-Goo, / or no one will want to ride with you!” Maxi realizes she is right. But how does he get clean in this big, dirty city? Luckily a young tot has just the answer—a car wash! Maxi is emotionally equivalent to a young tot himself; children will recognize themselves as he gets dirty, exhibits wide-eyed wonder, quivers into tears when things don’t go right, and worries about the car wash. Cole infuses Maxi with plenty of personality but falls short on diversity. The background crowd is a mix of ethnicities, but nobody who actively interacts with Maxi is unequivocally a character of color.
A bouncy read-aloud with an adorable taxi full of dash and spirit. (Picture book. 3-5)