Gen LeRoy Taxi cat and Huey

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Taxi cat and Huey

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A bassett hound's peaceful life with a human couple is changed when a rambunctious and adventurous cat joins the family.

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When Taxi--a part Siamese who bills himself as a Ninja cat- -joins the Walton household, the newly orphaned and perpetually indolent Huey is shaken to his basset hound roots; still, Taxi (accompanied by his best friend Sushi--a knotted leather string) brings adventure and excitement into Huey's life. Huey, a slightly stuffy canine, is ambivalent about Taxi's escapades with burglars, bulls, a raft, and hang gliding; but when Boots, a gorgeous stray cat, comes to live with them, Taxi's bravado vanishes in a cloud of jealousy. His animosity drives Boots away- -until Huey helps him understand his feelings and arranges a chance for him to talk with Boots and persuade her to come home. Though the Waltons seem insensitive to the nature of cats (cleaning Taxi with a Dustbuster?) and the simplistic anthropomorphism annoys, this is generally a light, funny, cute story to be enjoyed without too much carping. On another level, LeRoy uses elements of allegory to illustrate dealing openly with feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. As Taxi tells Huey, ``Sometimes you have to go out and meet life halfway.'' Ritz's many soft-pencil, full-page illustrations are unusually appealing. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright 1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 3-6-- Huey, the basset hound narrator, tells how his New York City apartment life changes after his owners bring home Taxi, a part Siamese cat, to keep him company. Taxi claims to be a ninja, and sleeps draped over doors (from which he can screech and pounce). But when the family moves to the country and acquires a second stray cat--a beautiful female, Boots--both setting and events become more farfetched. Jealousy and romance take over the plot, logic dissipates, and Huey's account of their adventures begins to sound like the TV cartoons Taxi watches by punching the remote control. Kids will probably enjoy the slapstick scenarios told in slangy style; they sometimes read like Disneyesque transcripts. --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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