Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Delightful, funny dad-son space-travel adventure.

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Educational Value

Space terms, such as "gravity" and "wormhole," appear in the text and are defined in a glossary at the back.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dad is a strong, protective presence; mom is caring and concerned; and Archie is a curious, friendly kid who's eager to learn, be responsible and cares about doing the right thing.

Violence & Scariness

Minor suspense when Archie must help catch a possible criminal who's on the run.

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight is a science-fiction chapter book about an 8-year-old boy who joins his dad, a taxi driver, for Take Your Kid to Work Day, only to discover his father flies intergalactic missions in outer space. It blends a sense of humor, wide-eyed wonder, and science facts for a fast-paced read that kids who are interested in space and adventure will tear through, as it boosts their imaginative superpowers. This is the first in a series.

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What's the story?

It's Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie heads out for a midnight taxi run with his dad. But soon he realizes this taxi won't be making regular stops on planet Earth. As he buckles up, he learns his dad flies intergalactic missions to far-flung planets, transporting aliens to and fro, and they aren't all as friendly as they seem. Will Archie get up to speed fast enough to become Dad's copilot for a day? And how will he ever explain this to the kids back home?

Is it any good?

This is an entertaining read because it has so much fun with its space-age premise, blending warm humor, silly twists, and spirited, likable characters. The author's imagining of space is a perfect kid-friendly incarnation that isn't too frightening or overly simplistic, with extra-tall people on a lower-gravity planet, strange cat detectives, and moderate suspense.

Through 8-year-old Archie's eyes and innocent wonderment, kids can easily imagine what space travel would be like in SPACE TAXI: ARCHIE TAKES FLIGHT. And with its simple, cartoon-like illustrations of characters' adventures and plain-spoken language, it also will help readers stretch their imaginations to comprehend far-flung places, while keeping their concept of outer space grounded in reality.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about space travel. Why do you think books about it are so popular? 

  • If aliens exist, what do you think they're really like?

  • What's the most surprising part of Space Taxi's portrayal of space? Was it like you imagined it?

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