Mini Grey celebrates loyalty and friendship in this fabulously witty sequel to her critically acclaimed picture book, Traction Man is Here.
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 Meets Turbodog is her sixth picture book.
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 mElange 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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Mini Grey is a consistently brilliant writer and illustrator,
brimming with ideas and invention, and this is another triumph" *
Daily Telegraph *
"Mini Grey's comic-strip story, with its busy frames and witty filmic references, celebrates true friendship, dirt and all" * Guardian *
"I can't recommend Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog highly enough . . . A witty and surreal picture book that's suitable for both reading aloud and first attempts at reading alone. It's slightly subversive in a Toy Story way, but is absolutely and utterly British. Don't miss it" * thebookbag.co.uk *
"Another brilliant picture book from Mini Grey, whose sense of humour and adventure, love of the language of the toy box and understanding of childhood fantasy is matched by her pictorial invention and a skill at characterisation that can make even a scrubbing brush appealing" * Books for Keeps *
"A brilliant and playful parody of an action-hero drama by quirky writer Mini Grey" * Junior *
PreS-Gr 3-The ruggedly handsome action figure introduced in Traction Man Is Here! (Knopf, 2005) has returned, accompanied by his faithful pet, Scrubbing Brush. In high-energy, mixed-media panels and full-bleed spreads, the hero and his sidekick ascend a compost heap and pass through the "ring of Mystic Shrooms," directed by a Yoda-like potato: "Bow low you must." On their return to civilization, Scrubbing Brush is sucked into the muddy quagmire near the backyard pond. While the dynamic duo's owner is resting, his father does what well-meaning parents do-replaces the filthy brush with the shiny new plastic Turbodog. Soon enough boy and man tire of the flashing wannabe pet. Hearing cries from the "Underworld of the [Trash] Bin," Traction Man dons his Astro-Suit and arms himself with a spray bottle of SuperStrong Germo. After a successful mission and a good, long soak, all of the characters share a candlelit campfire, complete with marshmallows, courtesy of Dad. Grey is clearly in tune with the fun to be had with an alter ego and a pile of dirt, a mountain of laundry, and the "Grand Sofa Canyon." Her inventive scenes celebrate the joy in equipping a doll for adventure and re-envisioning the everyday. The perspectives shift in order to give readers a bird's-eye view of the boy and the terrain of his yard or close-ups of the imagined world. Brimming with tongue-in-cheek humor, delicious language, and ideas sure to propel viewers to their toy boxes, Grey proves that one doesn't need batteries to have a rollicking good time.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.