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.
About Mini Grey
Mini was born in the front seat of a mini-car in an icy car-park in South Wales. She has two sisters and one brother, and grew up in a village in Buckinghamshire with plenty of places to make camps, climb trees and pretend to be horses. As a child Mini believed no day should pass without making something and created many bizarre objects from cardboard, clay, papier mache, dough, plaster, toilet rolls and crisp packets.
After school Mini did a foundation Course in Art, but knew she wasn’t cut out to be a Fine Artist, so did an English degree at University College London. While she was there she became involved with set-building at the Bloomsbury theatre and eventually got asked to design some shows. After finishing her degree Mini worked making latex puppets in a basement in Covent Garden until she was offered a place on a theatre design course. Mini loved theatre designing because she got to make lots of models — and also real things, and paint backdrops, and create costumes. However, she did not earn much money. She trained to be a teacher and worked for six years in South London. She especially liked running after-school clubs in model-making and pottery.
Mini had always done bits of illustration in her spare time, and had an ambition to have a book published some day. She did a two-year MA in illustration, and made a strange pop-up book and an animation about it.
Mini has had four books published so far; The Pea and The Princess was shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2204, and her third book, Biscuit Bear, won the Smarties Prize in 2004.
Mini lives in Oxford with her partner Tony and cat Bonzetta. She likes running along the river, cycling, walking up hills, running down corridors, and playing badly on her electric piano wearing headphones.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2008:
"[Grey's] inventive scenes celebrate the joy in equipping a doll for adventure and re-envisioning the everyday."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 4, 2008:
"[Grey's] real gift is in transforming an ordinary household into both thrilling stage and supporting cast."
Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2008:
"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."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008:
"Hilarious details lurk throughout, and readers won't want to miss even one."
Starred Review, Booklist, September 1, 2008:
"Created with wit and finesse, this picture book is fun for reading aloud and rewarding on many levels."
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2008:
"Readers will revel in [Traction Man's] triumph over both adult misunderstanding and nefarious opposition."
WINNER 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2008 Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
WINNER 2008 Horn Book Fanfare
WINNER 2008 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Award
WINNER 2008 Kirkus Reviews Best ChildrenÂ’s Books
WINNER 2008 Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
WINNER 2008 Cookie Magazine Best of the Year
WINNER 2008 Book Links Lasting Connection
WINNER 2009 Gryphon Award Honor Book
WINNER USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Trade Book