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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
Passengers in a yellow taxi can be a trip. Bobby Bazoo, in The Lighter Side Of Yellow, explores the dark and silly world of nighttime cab driving. The book has 27 chapters with short, pithy titles which highlight his experiences. He plays the radio as a soundtrack to the city landscape of skinny meth addicts and big-nosed cocaine snorters.
His cabbie passengers include the screaming shrew, the crying waitress, the cranky Kris Kringle, and the binging burger queen. There is also the flimsy, whimsy man on Halloween who believes he is Ginger Grant from television's Gilligan's Island. Bobby tries to guess who the man is with the long, sparkling gown. When Bobby's taxi pulls up for his next fare, time inevitably passes with the tick-tock tick-tock of the running meter. The book's title may refer to the 1960s anthem song "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum. The song lyrics can mean that things are going to get weird, or that the drugs are kicking in. There are other '60s references with the quoted lyrics from The Doors song, "People Are Strange."
Things are bound to get strange in Bobby Bazoo's The Lighter Side Of Yellow. Freaky people may come out at night but Bobby does his best to treat them with friendliness and respect. The author is writing about his own life making ends meet by driving a cab. He thanks his family for encouraging him in his journey. The cab driver's life at night can be risky but it is definitely entertaining.