Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Dad and son visit underwater planet in smart, funny sequel.

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Educational Value

Science terms such as "cloud," "submarine," and "magnetite" are defined in the text and a glossary at the back.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about family unity, doing your best, intellectual curiosity, rising to a challenge, discovering hidden talents, trusting yourself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dad has a watchful eye and an encouraging presence; Archie delights in mastering skills and learning; Pockets is a trustworthy sidekick.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue is the funny, engaging sequel to Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flightin 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.

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What's the story?

In SPACE TAXI: WATER PLANET RESCUE, Archie Morningstar and his taxi-driving dad investigate another planet's underwater city to find out why the water's drying up. Now that they have Pockets, the crime-fighting cat on their team, it should be a cinch -- provided Pockets doesn't mind water.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about books about space travel. Why are they so popular?

  • What hidden talents have you discovered about yourself?

  • What do you think life would be like on other planets?

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