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Traction Man Is Here! (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards))

by Mini Grey

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2005-04-12)

List Price: $16.99

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Amazon Description

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

One Potato Review

A boy and his doll. A doll and his dog (a scrubbing brush actually). Riotous throughout, but there’s even a little pathos in the second act when Traction Man receives a lovely all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet for Christmas. Oh well, an action figure must do what an action figure must do. Simple text for very young readers, with knowing, irrepressible wit that is reason enough for everyone else to revisit. 

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