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Great for kids and dads!
on 29 October 2010
This book is the sequel to "Traction Man is here" but can be read standalone (it was the first one our family read together). It follows the imagination of a little boy playing with his traction man (it's like an action just better dressed).
It really is rather clever as you have the comments of the parents in the background (eg "...and please stay out of the mud today") followed by traction man and his faithful companion scrubbing brush engaged in their mission.
However, due to scrubbing brush getting just too dirty after the arduous climb up the compost heap, the boy's parents throw him in the dustbin (gasp!). Cue a new companion - turbo dog - to help our intrepid hero discover the location of the missing pet.
It includes the trade mark phrase "all in a day's work..." as traction man achieves his feats and finishes with the classic "and they are prepared for anything...".
Of course traction man wins the day by rescuing scrubbing brush and fending off the wicked vegetable peel with nothing but a bottle of GERMO and turbo dog proves to be no replacement for the erstwhile scrubbing brush.
All great tongue-in-cheek fun that'll bring back happy memories to dads of playing with their action man (unless of course you didn't have an action man OR he was involved in some freak road-crossing accident).
This book does require a certain age level to "get" what's going on - so it works fine for my children (aged 9, 6 and 4½) though the 4 year old took a little more explanation for her to understand what was happening - but she loves it now. Always a favourite at bedtime.
I have to confess that I think the first book is better (and clearer for younger ones) - but it's probably because he says "all in a days work" more often...