A brilliantly witty story about how heroes can be found in the most unlikely places (or outfits, for that matter).
Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini in a car park in Newport, Wales. She has worked as a theatre designer and as a primary school teacher, and studied for an MA in Sequential Illustration at Brighton under the tutelage of John Vernon Lord. Traction Man is Here is her fourth book for children.
PreS-Gr 2-This imaginative and very funny romp through the fantasy play of a young boy features his newly acquired action figure. Square-jawed and equipped with combat boots, scuba gear, space suit, and camouflage, Traction Man overcomes evil pillows, dastardly brooms, a poisonous dishcloth, and a wicked spade. But he and his little scrub-brush pet seem to be no match for Granny, who presents the action figure with a nerdy knitted green romper suit and bonnet. The evil-doers laugh at his silly get-up until Scrubbing Brush unravels the yarn to help Traction Man save a clutch of hapless spoons and he is once more the heroic figure. The angular, full-color art sweeps across the pages and perfectly animates the antics of Traction Man and his enemies. Grey has a way of exactly catching the nuances of a child's ability to turn even the most common object into a friend or looming foe in the never-ending battle between good and evil. This fresh, funny hero and Grey's celebration of a child's imagination definitely have traction.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
This book is full of the wild imaginative details and comic-strip
energy that define all Grey's picture books. -- Korky Paul * S
Magazine, Sunday Express *
Everything Mini Grey writes is an instant hit and Traction Man is no exception . . . She is a one-off and so is he * Observer *
Grey has produced a splendidly tongue-in-cheek picture book . . . Funny, satirical and inventive . . . Traction Man is a delight * The Sunday Times *
Visual and verbal wit abound so children and parents will find much to enjoy * The Bookseller *
Children will trill and giggle with recognition at this genuinely funny artist * Independent *