Maxi the Little Taxi

by Elizabeth Upton, Illustrated By Henry Cole

Scholastic Press
April 2016

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2014026314

Lexile measure: AD590L

DRA: 18

Guided Reading: K

It's Maxi the Taxi's first day of work.
What fun it is to zip and zoom all around the town!

SPLASH go the mud puddles!
PLIPPITY-PLOP drips the ice cream and mustard from sticky little fingers!
Soon Maxi becomes so grimy and gooey that no one wants to ride with him.
Who will help this dirty little taxi discover what he needs most? It's a smart little boy who takes Maxi for a noisy, tickly bath in the car wash!
Henry Cole

Henry Cole was born on a dairy farm near Purcellville, Virginia, and was an adored elementary-school science teacher for 16 years. He has since created over 80 popular picture books, including his wordless, award-winning masterpiece Unspoken, Try a Little Kindness, and the Moose series by Margie Palatini. Mr. Cole has always loved art and science, which has made him a keen observer of details in nature. He now lives in both Florida and Virginia.
Elizabeth Upton

Elizabeth Upton first created Maxi's story to entertain her son when he was young. She has a teaching degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her poetry has been included in several collections edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins. She currently works as a writer and a teacher in New York City, where she lives with her two children.


  • Praise for Unspoken by Henry Cole

    *"Gorgeously rendered in soft, dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick, but unique in its accurate re-creation of a Civil War-era farm in northwestern Virginia...Superb visual storytelling shows her hands time and time again offering a piece of corn bread, apple pie, a leg of chicken, each time on a small checkered kerchief, to the young, hidden runaway. The soldiers return with a poster: 'Wanted! Escaped! Reward!' These words call out in the otherwise wordless book, and readers feel their power." --School Library Journal, starred review

    *"Cole's beautifully detailed pencil drawings on cream-colored paper deftly visualize a family's ruggedly simple lifestyle on a Civil War-era homestead, while facing stark, ethical choices... Cole conjures significant tension and emotional heft (his silent storytelling calls to mind Brian Selznick's recent work) in this powerful tale of quiet camaraderie and courage." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "From the title on, silence and secrets create stirring drama in this wordless picture book about a child who helps a runaway slave escape... Children will be moved to return to the images many times and fill in their own words." --Booklist

    Praise for The Kiss Box, illustrated by Henry Cole

    "Cole complements the language beautifully with watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations evoking the classic joys of childhood: enjoying a tree swing, fishing at a pond and sharing a yummy picnic lunch." --Kirkus Reviews

    "Cole's watercolor and colored pencil cartoons are friendly and familiar -- there's something very reassuring in the understated emotion of his portrayals and the graceful beauty of his outdoor settings." --Publishers Weekly



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545798600

32pp. | 10 x 9