cover image A Taxi Dog Christmas

A Taxi Dog Christmas

Debra Barracca. Dial Books, $14.99 (34pp) ISBN 978-0-8037-1360-4

Maxi, the ebullient canine star of The Adventures of Taxi Dog and Maxi, the Hero, bounds through this holiday title with characteristic cheer. He and his kind master Jim rescue a litter of abandoned kittens and, in the ultimate spirit of Christmas, give a lift to the jolly fat man himself when Santa's sleigh breaks down. The Barraccas' peppy verse stumbles in a few places, but manages to sustain the already established upbeat nature of Jim and Maxi's friendship. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)