Thursday, July 19, 2012

July Pick for the Older Sibling: Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Traction Man is back and he's headed for the beach this summer! I loved Traction Man and Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog, and this one is every bit as good. The Horn Book, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus agree that Mini Grey's original Traction Man rocks, each giving it a starred review.

Traction Man and his faithful pet Scrubbing Brush are heroic to-the-rescue kind of pals. And this time, they're heading for the wide ocean, where they'll defend a picnic, investigate an underwater world, and meet up with a new character, Beach-Time Brenda, who is "excessively packaged in high-quality non-recyclable indestructible plastic...cannot stand alone as shown...[and wears] teeny tottery microshoes."

What I love about Traction Man books is that reading them is a trip back in time to revisit my 6-8  year old childhood mind. Mini Grey perfectly captures the playful spirit and imagination of those days for me. No easy feat for an adult writer.

Verdict: Truly hilarious and enjoyable, for the beach or anytime.

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey
Author-illustrator: Mini Grey
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012

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