Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey

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Traction Man—wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt—comes in a box, but very quickly finds the way into the imagination of his lucky boy owner. This superhero searches for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve as the boy makes a game of doing the dishes, and later in the bathtub, he conquers the Mysterious Toes that are stealing his pet, the brave little Scrubbing Brush. These are just a few of the action-packed adventures played out by the boy and his new toy that may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but can vanquish all manner of villains lurking around the house. Mini Grey’s story in words and pictures is an irresistible invitation to the private world of a child’s play.

Praise for The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be:

“A rib-tickling U.S. debut for Grey, with plenty of sight gags to complement the chatty narrative.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be delivers an entertaining spin and a great deal of visual wit.”—The Horn Book
 

About Mini Grey

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MINI GREY is the creator of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning picture book Traction Man Is Here! as well as Traction Man Meets TurboDog and Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey. Collectively, the three Traction Man books have received 15 starred reviews. Her brilliant, quirky humor can also be seen in Three by the Sea, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, and Ginger Bear.

















Author Residence: Oxford, UK
 
Published August 31, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Anyone who has read Traction Man Is Here (2005) knows that the toy action-figure’s beloved pet Scrubbing Brush could never, ever be replaced by the battery-operated “generic robotic hound” Turbodog™.

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Traction Man is ready for anything—but can he overcome the gift of an all-in-one knitted green romper suit with matching bonnet?

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Traction Man is ready for anything—but can he overcome the gift of an all-in-one knitted green romper suit with matching bonnet?

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A cluttered house, lovingly rendered in comic-book panels by Grey (The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be ), provides a perilous landscape for the titular squa

Mar 07 2005 | Read Full Review of Traction Man Is Here!

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In comic book–style sequences paired with prose that channels superhero pulp, Traction Man is buried by Granny’s drooling dog and then swept out to sea, only to be rescued by a girl who is happy to have Traction Man join her vacant-looking (but actually quite resourceful) Beach Time Brenda do...

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The new Traction Man, replete with special outfits, soon meets trouble in a flowerbed and among dirty dishes: "Traction Man is diving in the foamy waters of the Sink (wearing his Sub-Aqua Suit....) Oh, no!

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"A wonderfully satirical, action-packed romp that echoes the grand tradition of comic books as it ingeniously communicates the complete absorption of imaginative play.

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A Patchwork of Books

It touched a chord in me - how we need to help each kid find the type of book that they love, whether it's comic books, The Guinness Book of World Records, or fantasy and adventure books.

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A Patchwork of Books

My good friend Russ asked if I would do a spoof of the fabulous Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey, using him as the subject for his girlfriend Clare's birthday.Emulating Mini Grey (to a certain extent) and trying to get enough of a likeness was a really enjoyable challenge.If you haven't read Tra...

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The Horn Book

The adventuresome duo from Traction Man Is Here!

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