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Staff Pick

Is there any hero braver, stronger, more dashing, or more colorfully dressed than Traction Man? No! Is there any sidekick tougher, cuter, more loyal, or more helpful than Scrubbing Brush? Well... there might have to be. Scrubbing Brush is gone, and in its place is the bright and shiny Turbo Dog. But will Traction Man simply abandon Scrubbing Brush? No, he will not! This sequel to Mini Grey's Traction Man Is Here is as full of the same clever quips and visual jokes as the original, which makes it one of the most entertaining picture books of the year.
Recommended by Rachael W., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

That square-jawed can-do action toy, Traction Man, is back in another hilarious adventure. The little boy, Traction Man, and his brave pet, Scrubbing Brush, are inseparable — until the boy's father throws the "unhygenic" Scrubbing Brush in the trash and replaces it with a "real" toy, the battery-operated TurboDog. It bleeps, speaks, and squeaks — but is not very smart.

So Traction Man, wearing his airtight Astro-suit and armed with a bottle of SuperStrong Germo, enters the trash bin and rescues Scrubbing Brush from the Evil Bin Things (pizza crusts, spaghetti, and potato peels with eyes and mouths that hiss, "Stay with us"). The Battle of the Bin is not to be missed — nor is the ignominious demise of TurboDog!

With this satisfying sequel, Mini Grey has scored another smashing victory for imaginative play.

Review:

"Introduced in Traction Man Is Here! Grey's much-lauded superhero is back, and his firm, square jaw shows no signs of weakening. But something's gone terribly wrong: after a dramatic climb to the top of Mt. Compost Heap, Traction Man's faithful pet, Scrubbing Brush, has disappeared (Mom and Dad — how could you?). Rescuing Scrubbing Brush will take everything Traction Man's got — as well as the help of the annoying robot Turbodog, a trio of naked fashion dolls and a big bottle of household cleaner called Germo. Grey's prose, a clever mlange of overwrought and ironic, is a joy to read aloud ('Traction Man squirts the Bin-Things with Germo and they hiss and wither'). But her real gift is in transforming an ordinary household into both thrilling stage and supporting cast (who knew an old mascara wand could be so emotive?). To create a fantasy world is one thing, but to trigger a gestalt shift in the way kids look at their own environments is quite another. A keeper. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Grey's] inventive scenes celebrate the joy in equipping a doll for adventure and re-envisioning the everyday." School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Grey extends the first book's irreverent wit and affection for her characters in this playful demonstration of why high-tech doesn't necessarily equal high-performance." The Horn Book Magazine (Starred Review)

Review:

"Created with wit and finesse, this picture book is fun for reading aloud and rewarding on many levels." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Comic-book-style frames with captions on torn-out bits of graph paper can only loosely contain the ebulliently superheroic adventures of one boy's toys. Hilarious details lurk throughout, and readers won't want to miss even one." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Synopsis:

THAT SQUARE-JAWED CAN-DO action toy, Traction Man, is back in another hilarious adventure. The little boy, Traction Man, and his brave pet, Scrubbing Brush, are inseparable—until the boys father throws the “unhygenic” Scrubbing Brush in the trash and replaces it with a “real” toy, the battery-operated TurboDog. It bleeps, speaks, and squeaks—but is not very smart. So Traction Man, wearing his airtight Astro-suit and armed with a bottle of SuperStrong Germo, enters the trash bin and rescues Scrubbing Brush from the Evil Bin Things (pizza crusts, spaghetti, and potato peels with eyes and mouths that hiss “Stay with us”). The Battle of the Bin is not to be missed—nor is the ignominious demise of TurboDog! With this satisfying sequel, Mini Grey has scored another smashing victory for imaginative play.

About the Author

Mini Grey studied art, worked as a theater designer, and taught elementary school before devoting full-time to writing and illustrating children's books. Her Traction Man Is Here! won many stars and honors, including The Boston Globe-Horn Book Best Picture Book Award, and her The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon received the 2007 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Oxford, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375855832
Author:
Grey, Mini
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Toys, Dolls, & Puppets
Subject:
Toys
Subject:
Lost and found possessions
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Action figures (Toys)
Subject:
Children s humor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.12x9.02x.41 in. .87 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375855832 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Is there any hero braver, stronger, more dashing, or more colorfully dressed than Traction Man? No! Is there any sidekick tougher, cuter, more loyal, or more helpful than Scrubbing Brush? Well... there might have to be. Scrubbing Brush is gone, and in its place is the bright and shiny Turbo Dog. But will Traction Man simply abandon Scrubbing Brush? No, he will not! This sequel to Mini Grey's Traction Man Is Here is as full of the same clever quips and visual jokes as the original, which makes it one of the most entertaining picture books of the year.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Introduced in Traction Man Is Here! Grey's much-lauded superhero is back, and his firm, square jaw shows no signs of weakening. But something's gone terribly wrong: after a dramatic climb to the top of Mt. Compost Heap, Traction Man's faithful pet, Scrubbing Brush, has disappeared (Mom and Dad — how could you?). Rescuing Scrubbing Brush will take everything Traction Man's got — as well as the help of the annoying robot Turbodog, a trio of naked fashion dolls and a big bottle of household cleaner called Germo. Grey's prose, a clever mlange of overwrought and ironic, is a joy to read aloud ('Traction Man squirts the Bin-Things with Germo and they hiss and wither'). But her real gift is in transforming an ordinary household into both thrilling stage and supporting cast (who knew an old mascara wand could be so emotive?). To create a fantasy world is one thing, but to trigger a gestalt shift in the way kids look at their own environments is quite another. A keeper. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Grey's] inventive scenes celebrate the joy in equipping a doll for adventure and re-envisioning the everyday."
"Review" by , "Grey extends the first book's irreverent wit and affection for her characters in this playful demonstration of why high-tech doesn't necessarily equal high-performance."
"Review" by , "Created with wit and finesse, this picture book is fun for reading aloud and rewarding on many levels."
"Review" by , "Comic-book-style frames with captions on torn-out bits of graph paper can only loosely contain the ebulliently superheroic adventures of one boy's toys. Hilarious details lurk throughout, and readers won't want to miss even one."
"Synopsis" by , THAT SQUARE-JAWED CAN-DO action toy, Traction Man, is back in another hilarious adventure. The little boy, Traction Man, and his brave pet, Scrubbing Brush, are inseparable—until the boys father throws the “unhygenic” Scrubbing Brush in the trash and replaces it with a “real” toy, the battery-operated TurboDog. It bleeps, speaks, and squeaks—but is not very smart. So Traction Man, wearing his airtight Astro-suit and armed with a bottle of SuperStrong Germo, enters the trash bin and rescues Scrubbing Brush from the Evil Bin Things (pizza crusts, spaghetti, and potato peels with eyes and mouths that hiss “Stay with us”). The Battle of the Bin is not to be missed—nor is the ignominious demise of TurboDog! With this satisfying sequel, Mini Grey has scored another smashing victory for imaginative play.
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