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.
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 Childrens 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
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.
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