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Traction Man Is Here [Paperback]

Mini Grey
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Book Description

6 April 2006 Traction Man (Book 1)
With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. He is the last word in heroic fashion flair - until, that is, the day that he is presented with an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet by his owner's granny. Can Traction Man overcome the humiliation of his desperately dowdy new look and rediscover the action hero within or will the burden of the knitted green monstrosity be too great?

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099451093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099451099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 21 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

"This delightful, funny and, in its way, touching book, again demonstrates Mini Grey's facility for looking at things from a different angle" (Carousel)

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A brilliantly witty story about how heroes can be found in the most unlikely places (or outfits, for that matter).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traction Man 8 Sep 2006
One of the funniest books I have ever had the privilege of reading to my grandsons (6, 5 and 2). We laughed so much that at one point I was unable to continue reading, with tears running down my face, unable to speak and 3 little boys laughing loudly, this book is a MUST for any child who has ever owned an Action Man. Grown ups will love it too - we can always do with a good laugh!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hero Worship 19 April 2006
When I first read this book to my 4 year old son, he went very quiet and still - a sign of a sure winner. Fantastic story line with an action man type hero who does all the things my son does in his imaginative play, with different outfits on. Particularly love the knitted outfit and even my son was taken by the knitted pants! Great detail in the illustrations with lots to look at. This is a book that he looks at over and over agian.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is BRILLIANT! 19 July 2006
If my children didn't enjoy it so much I'd think that actually this book is really for the grown-up who's reading to them. The action man character is just so funny, having boy-sized adventures fighting the evil pillow monster on one page, diving into the washing up bowl for an underwater adventure on the next. It is in these foamy waters that he meets his side-kick, Scrubbbing Brush. At Christmas Traction Man is such a member of the family he gets a present from Granny which is an hand-knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet - this is hysterically funny to me and my little listeners but traction man is not impressed. Fortunately it all comes right at the end ready for Traction Man's next perilous adventure. A marvellous story, perfect for 4+. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny, enjoyable read. 7 Feb 2009
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This book is hilarious and great fun as an adult to read to your kids. Mini Grey puts her action figure into grave danger when he meets a poisonous dishcloth, the wicked professor spade and the mysterious toes...then Granny gives him an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet which is a perfect fit: 'Oh! How lovely'..... How will Traction Man save the cupcake from the clutches of Dr. Sock? How will he ever be taken seriously again? Find out in this witty take on heroic deeds bedded in a domestic setting. Amazingly still very popular with my two boys who are now 7 and 10 because of the wit of the text and pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Man boys must have! 22 Oct 2007
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We borrowed this from the library and renewed it again and again and eventually bought it on-line as it was such a favourite. Its appeal crosses generations who have lived with Action Man and his effect on small boys! The pictures are fabulous and it really is the funniest childrens book I have ever read. I have since read other Mini Grey books and none of them come close to this. The idea that Granny knits action man a wooly romper suit is a classic - my son has now asked his grandma to knit his action man a romper suit with matching bonnet. Oh and every time he sees a small head scarf he gets very excited and asks mummy to buy him a "sweaty bandana" !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, must read 7 Feb 2009
Traction Man is here is a fantastic story, wonderfully written, very funny and has great illustrations, everything you need. I really enjoyed reading this book and my little boy loves it, it really is so much fun, very highly recommended. Also recommend the other books by Mini Grey, particularly Biscuit Bear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious 25 Jun 2010
Brilliant text and illustrations - appeals to action/adventure/super-hero fixated small boys, with an eye to everyday family life which will amuse the adults and the kids too. I'm off to buy everything else by Mini Grey...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traction Man is Here to Entertain. 6 Feb 2010
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I have read most of Mini Grey's books to my children and we have enjoyed all of them. This is a great addition to her collection. I bought this for my 3 year old son's birthday and he has really got a lot from the story. The illustrations are really involved so there is more to see with every reading. My 3 year old says it is fun and my 6 year old says it is great, I can think of no higher recommendation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book so much and so does my 6 year old son.
This book has amazing pictures and shows how a boy plays with his action man using everyday things he finds around the house. It is very funny and entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by louise fearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Our kids loved it
Traction Man is here, dressed in a variety of meticulously arranged outfits. Wonderful illustrations, oddball storytelling and even a life-saving scrubbing brush: Arf! Arf! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Traction Man for ever
Outstanding children's fiction from one who knows! Have bought many copies of this book as gifts and for my own use.Just brilliant!
Published 1 month ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars review
This is an electronic version of the paper copy of traction man. If you liked that, I would imagine that you will like this .
Published 3 months ago by reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good service but the book is very small
Not very impressed by the book. Very thin. Maybe a bit pricey for what you get. Good service though as the item arrived promptly.
Published 6 months ago by Mariano Scotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Traction man books stand up to repeated reading
My son has been regularly borrowing the Traction Man books from the library over the past 3 years. Fortunately, each book in the series stands up to repeated reading! Read more
Published 6 months ago by beingnormal
5.0 out of 5 stars All in a day's work!
The loveable hero is a much wanted Xmas gift and is soon set to task helping his little boy at breakfast and doing the dishes. Are Arf! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Maiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids love it
I used this book on placement while I was studying to become a primary school teacher. The kids absolutely loved it and really got into the work we did based on the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Traction Man
This book was fantastic, I enjoyed it so much!!!! My all time favourite line, you will be my wife!!! A JOY TO READ
Published 13 months ago by 123ZAKtheGR8
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
This book has plenty in it for both kids and adults alike. The illustrations have so much you can read through it several times without seeing everything. Read more
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