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DAN, THE TAXI MAN by Eric Ode

DAN, THE TAXI MAN

By Eric Ode (Author) , Kent Culotta (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: June 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61067-072-2
Publisher: Kane/Miller

Dan the cabbie puts pedal to the metal to pick up a rock band and get it to a gig.

Written as a cumulative rhyme, the narrative barrels along just like the classic yellow cab in Culotta’s high-energy cartoon illustrations. Sporting a hip handlebar mustache and goatee and endowed with a personality as big as his seat-filling body, Dan motors through town and country settings like there’s no tomorrow. He picks up Maureen with her tambourine (“Shake-a shake, crash! Shake-a shake, crash!”), Tyrone with his saxophone (“Squeeba-dee dee, squeeba-dee doo!”), and a trio of other musicians in succession. A chorus between each stop invites readers to “Climb inside while you still can / with Dan, Beep! Beep! / the Taxi Man.” At ride’s end the cheery chauffeur pulls up in front of the sold-out Rockin Joint, lets the band out—and then joins the motley lot onstage as lead singer.

Noisy fun, with a strong beat and a narrative pattern that even younger audiences will have no trouble catching. (Picture book. 4-6)