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.
About the Author
Lyn Gardner is a theater critic for "The Guardian "and goes to the theater five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Prior to joining "The Guardian, "she was a tea lady, a waitress, sold (or failed to sell) advertising space for a magazine called "Sludge, "wrote for "The Independent, "and helped found the London listings magazine, "City Limits, "the largest publishing co-op in Europe.
Mini Grey's last picture book, "Traction Man Is Here!," won the 2005 "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Award and received five starred reviews.
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."