A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Science terms such as "cloud," "submarine," and "magnetite" are defined in the text and a glossary at the back.
Strong messages about family unity, doing your best, intellectual curiosity, rising to a challenge, discovering hidden talents, trusting yourself.
Positive Role Models
Dad has a watchful eye and an encouraging presence; Archie delights in mastering skills and learning; Pockets is a trustworthy sidekick.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue is the funny, engaging sequel to Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight, in which 8-year-old Archie accompanies his taxi driver dad and a crime-fighting cat, Pockets, on intergalactic missions. This time they go to an underwater planet. and, as in Book 1, it blends humor, excitement, and an infectious enthusiasm for science to create a fast-paced read.
Is It Any Good?
This exciting sequel maintains the fun, smart dynamics of the first book while taking things to a new location and terrain to explore and discover. Here, Pockets the cat gets more in on the action, Archie settles into his role as a map reader and problem solver, and Dad keeps a watchful eye while guiding Archie through the mission.
What makes the series engaging is the way it blends a realistic depiction of outer space with a wild premise in ways that encourage imagination yet foster an appreciation for the real science behind space and, in this episode, water travel. Simple cartoon illustrations add to the humor.
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