Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Traction Man Is Here!

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Traction Man Is Here!

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GREY, MINI (2005). Traction Man is Here! New York: Knopf. ISBN 375831916.

This book has been acclaimed as a "can't miss" by librarians and booksellers since its publication last year, and it lives up to the recommendations. We're drawn right into the book (pun intended) with the cereal-box cover, and the letter to Santa on the title page, requesting a Traction Man toy. When Traction Man (an action figure) arrives, the everyday world is interspersed with the serious play that takes place from the super hero's diminutive point of view: he searches for the lost wreck of the sieve as he dives beneath the sink water. There is danger, but he is saved by the brave little scrubbing brush who becomes his companion, and so on.

Grey has truly captured the spirit of play as she creates very real human characters through the details of her illustrations, such as an older sister who quietly studies about woodworking. …

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