Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey (Hardcover)
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.
About the Author
Lyn Gardner is a theater critic for "The Guardian "and goes to the theater five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. Prior to joining "The Guardian, "she was a tea lady, a waitress, sold (or failed to sell) advertising space for a magazine called "Sludge, "wrote for "The Independent, "and helped found the London listings magazine, "City Limits, "the largest publishing co-op in Europe.
Mini Grey's last picture book, "Traction Man Is Here!," won the 2005 "Boston Globe-Horn Book "Award and received five starred reviews.
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.”