Traction Man Meets Turbodog Hardcover – 9 Sep 2008
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The boy carrying traction man is largely absent in this book, but my son, 4, who so took to Scrubbing Brush in "Traction Man is Here" that he insisted upon being him whenever we read the story is delighted to see him have such a large role.
If you loved the first Traction Man story then you'll love this one too and if you haven't yet Traction Man is Here, I recommend you get a copy right away - buy both!
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A fancy new battery-powered gizmo called Turbodog appears to replace Scrubbing Brush, but he's more hype than help. His bark really IS worse than his bite, in fact. Just where is Scrubbing Brush? wonders Traction Man.
The brilliant blow-by-blow, comic strip-style descriptions of Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush's adventures are followed by the parallel, yet less successful, adventures of Traction Man and Turbodog. Ultimately, this book turns into a quest for the missing Scrubbing Brush (who manages to look like a dog while still being a scrubbing brush--yay, Mini!).
I can't even begin to list the myriad little in-jokes in this book, but a couple of them are hidden under the bed and between the couch cushions. Traction Man's quest builds up to his climactic exploration of the dreaded Bin and his rescue of Scrubbing Brush. I will not recount Turbodog's fate here...
Suffice it to say that the two Traction Man books are hilarious and appealing, dare I say tour de forces? (Yep, I guess I do dare!) What's more, they remind us that true play doesn't come with an instruction book. If I were in charge of the world, I'd give these books a Caldecott or two. Since I'm not, I'll settle for giving them each a Badge of Cleanness!
I really like how the story has the boy skeptical about the fancy new toy, Turbo dog as he sets out on a quest to find his dirty but ever-faithful dog scrubbing brush. The lesson of using your imagination with found objects and not always needing the newest toy that has all the lights, bells, and whistles to provide the creativity and entertainment.
My son has started using found objects around the house to recreate some of the story as well as create his own treacherous world for his "traction man" to do battle with.
Also recommend Ginger Bear which is also great fun and filled with fabulous illustrations.