Taxi Ride With Victor
by Trofa, Sara; Klever, Elsa (ILT)






This sci-fi inspired taxi trip will have kids roaring with laughter.

Victor is everyone's favorite extraterrestrial taxi driver, but he has a big problem. His memory is terrible! He can never remember his way around the galaxy. When he drops off his passengers at the wrong locations, there are some unexpected and hilarious high jinks. Elsa Klever's wonderful drawings incorporate every day experiences-like going to the dentist, the library, or the post office-into otherworldly scenes with friendly aliens, talking clouds, grumpy ghosts, and an enormous octopus. The book offers gentle lessons about friendship and opportunity, and children will want to join Victor again and again on his funny, mixed-up, and carefree rides.





SARA TROFA is a teacher, bookseller, and author. She was born in Montferrat, Italy, and currently lives in Scotland.

ELSA KLEVER is an acclaimed illustrator whose artwork has appeared in numerous publications. She was the winner of the 2015 Austrian Children's Book Award. She lives in Hamburg, Germany.





A space taxi ride with Victor probably won't get you anywhere near where you ask to go, but....Victor has always wanted to be a taxi driver, but now that he is one, he gets lost. A pale, four-armed, sunglasses-wearing ET, Victor always tries to find the right place, though. On Monday, he picks up a seven-limbed, five-eyed lady who wants to go to the hairdresser but drops her at the amusement park. On Tuesday, her grandson wants to go to that amusement park; Victor takes him to the library. The next day, the head librarian needs to get to work but is dropped at the dentist! (Judging by his snaggly teeth, this is not so bad an outcome.) The ghost (who's toothless) wants to go to the dentist too, but it goes to the mad scientist's lab instead. Instead of at the tallest mountain, a rain cloud finds itself on the driest planet...and the queen of the driest planet ends up at the hairdresser. As the narrator (a three-eyed, gray creature) says, Victor may not be the greatest taxi driver, but he sure excels at bringing people happiness—so they all throw him a party. This translation/adaptation of a title originally published in Germany in 2018 tells its tale without too many frills, but Klever's whackadoodle, literally spacey, bright illustrations (shortlisted for the World Illustration Award) are outta this world. A parable of perseverance and positive attitude. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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