Set in the Big Apple, The Adventures of Taxi Dog centres around the endearing relationship between Jim, who’s a cabdriver, and the street dog he adopts and names Maxi, and their adventures in the distinctive yellow taxicab that Jim drives around with Maxi for company.
Sleep is a time for repose. As such, comfortable surroundings and adhering to a familiar routine will go a long way to help children (or anyone else, really) doze off quickly and get a good rest.
In The Woods, a little boy’s bedtime routine is disrupted when the stuffed bunny that he always hugs to sleep goes missing.
Much has been said about the importance of good communication skills. But in a noisy world where everyone is fighting to be heard, literally or metaphorically, it’s easy to forget that it’s just as important to listen — whether it’s to the people around us or simply quietly soaking in our environments.
Sam is used to being the top dog, so to speak, on the race track. Then one day, an unexpected loss threatens to derail his winning streak and — more disastrously — his relationship with his friends. Only when faced with a moral dilemma does he finally realise that losing a race is small potatoes compared to doing the right thing and winning the respect of his friends.
Thanks to its simple cover art — some paint splatter, and a boy standing just off-centre and writing out the equally spare title of the book, Art, in understated block lettering — you are refreshingly free from any preconceived notions about this book when you first open it. In other words, it kind of begins on a blank slate — pretty apt considering that is how all art begins.
When librarian Molly McGrew accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo, it kickstarts a reading revolution among the animals, who all go a little, well, wild for books.
A prolific commercial cartoonist with over 2,000 published cartoons in more than 200 publications, Syd Hoff also successfully channelled his brand of absurdist humour to his well-loved children’s books, which are distinct in the style of their illustrations (naturally), as well as the stories’ unique blend of reality and fantastical scenarios.
While his Frog and Toad books (which I’ve reviewed previously) are arguably his most famous works, Arnold Lobel actually wrote six other titles in the ‘I Can Read’ easy-reader series: Uncle Elephant, Mouse Soup, Mouse Tales, Owl at Home, Grasshopper on the Road and Small Pig. And, the best thing is, they are all equally amazing.