Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

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Overview

In this new and exciting Traction Man escapade, the can-do action toy and his faithful pet Scrubbing Brush are headed to the Wide Ocean. Adventure is on the horizon for our daring duo, along with new challenges?and new friends?to meet. There's a picnic to defend (a quiche to protect!), colossal waves, giant seaweed, elusive rockpool animals . . . and the lovely Beachtime Brenda.

Mini Grey, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award for Traction Man Is Here!, scores ...

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Overview

In this new and exciting Traction Man escapade, the can-do action toy and his faithful pet Scrubbing Brush are headed to the Wide Ocean. Adventure is on the horizon for our daring duo, along with new challenges—and new friends—to meet. There's a picnic to defend (a quiche to protect!), colossal waves, giant seaweed, elusive rockpool animals . . . and the lovely Beachtime Brenda.

Mini Grey, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award for Traction Man Is Here!, scores another victory for imaginative play. Sure to delight existing Traction Man fans and captivate new ones.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Traction Man’s third outing, the chiseled plastic hero spends a peril-filled day at the Wide Ocean with his doglike sidekick, Scrubbing Brush. In comic book–style sequences paired with prose that channels superhero pulp, Traction Man is buried by Granny’s drooling dog and then swept out to sea, only to be rescued by a girl who is happy to have Traction Man join her vacant-looking (but actually quite resourceful) Beach Time Brenda dolls in her sandcastle. Grey expertly skewers toy marketing (an endpaper spread showcasing Beach Time Brenda’s many accessories is especially wonderful) while creating comedic, large-scale dramas in a child-sized world. Ages 5–8. (May)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Square-jawed action figure Traction Man and his pet Scrubbing Brush return, preparing to go on a holiday with their owner and Granny, with her pet dog Truffles. After exploring a Rockpool on the beach, Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush return to guard the picnic against Truffles. But the dog carries Traction Man away and buries him in the sand. Scrubbing Brush digs him out, but they are carried away by a giant wave. Clinging to a floating bottle they are swept into a cave and then placed in a bucket by a young girl, who puts them into her Dollies' Castle. As their young owner searches for them in vain, Truffles finds them and ruins the castle. Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush work with the friendly Dollies to rebuild the castle, as they make exciting plans for the days ahead. We are introduced to a delightful new character, a doll called Beach-Time Brenda, in simulated ads on the front end pages and in a parallel comic strip adventure on the back. A variety of scenes visualize the hectic make-believe, in actions that maintain the comedy. Text pieces appear as labels on scraps of paper while the visuals sometimes almost fill double pages while at other times overlap smaller scenes. Many details deserve attention in this odd adventure. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
The intrepid, square-jawed action figure Traction Man is back, but is he ready for the likes of Beach-Time Brendaâ„¢? The endpapers alone are worth the price of admission to the third comic-book–style picture book in Grey's award-winning Traction Man series, thanks to the commercial glory of Beach-Time Brendaâ„¢. She is "fully accessorized with lots and lots of stuff," including "teeny tottery microshoes," a "pinkly patterned towel" and "unrealistic Vital Statistics." Traction Man collides with Beach-Time Brendaâ„¢ when he and Scrubbing Brush head off for a beach holiday, or more grandly, "odyssey." Granny comes, too, with her new pet dog Truffles. Once at the beach, it soon becomes Traction Man's charge to defend the picnic--especially the quiche--against Truffles. Truffles buries him, literally. The ever-loyal Scrubbing Brush digs him up, but watch out! Both hero and sidekick end up adrift in the ocean, then seaweed-compromised in a Beach-Time Brendaâ„¢ Bucket that belongs to another kid. Every vivacious spread teems with delicious details in a world where both the tide-pool creatures and the quiche have eyes. The spare, dryly funny text on bits of torn graph paper is perfectly choreographed with the colorful, boldly designed spreads. A wonderfully satirical, action-packed romp that echoes the grand tradition of comic books as it ingeniously communicates the complete absorption of imaginative play. (Picture book. 6-9)
The Washington Post
…this sendup of all things pop invests toys and gadgets with every ounce of personality that any kid could possibly want…Busy pictures stuffed with bogus advertisements, silly labels and sly asides add giggles to the gadgetry.
—Kristi Elle Jemtegaard
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, May 28, 2012:
“Grey expertly skewers toy marketing while creating comedic, large-scale dramas in a child-sized world.”

Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2012:
“Here's another standout from a popular franchise…The adventures that toys have apart from their owners is a surefire theme worth revisiting time and even more so when done with this much panache.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, April 1, 2012:
“Grey fills the spreads with color and action, providing plenty of high jinks and hilarious happenings.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2012:
“A wonderfully satirical, action-packed romp that echoes the grand tradition of comic books as it ingeniously communicates the complete absorption of imaginative play.”

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Children who are into action figures, those who can easily slide into the flow of a fragmented story, and fans of the previous titles will undoubtedly be attracted to this tale about the square-jawed Traction Man and his sidekick, Scrubbing Brush. This title finds the duo dashing through a variety of adventures at the beach. Told by an omniscient narrator and through the conversations of various characters, the story dips and swerves and introduces the Dollies, who become playmates for the toys, and whose owner becomes a new friend for the boy. Splashy front and back endpapers, devoted to advertisements for Brenda Magazine, foreshadow the meeting and the beach pail that Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush ride in. At first put off by the Dollies' fussing and girly style of play, they join forces when disaster strikes their sand castle and the toys team up for more creative and daring play. Grey fills the spreads with color and action, providing plenty of high jinks and hilarious happenings.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375869525
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Series: Traction Man Series , #3
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 446,865
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MINI GREY is the creator of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winning picture book Traction Man Is Here! and its sequel, Traction Man Meets Turbodog. The books received five and six starred reviews, respectively. Quirky, off-the-wall humor can also be seen in Three by the Sea, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Ginger Bear, and Jim, Who Ran Away from His Nurse and Was Eaten by a Lion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Great!!!!!!

    This bok is great for kids who want a taste of comic book but still is a picture book at the same time! Great read. There is another one too called Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog and Traction Man is Here! These are all great books!

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