cover image Traction Man Meets Turbodog

Traction Man Meets Turbodog

Mini Grey, . . Knopf, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-375-85583-2

Introduced in Traction Man Is Here! Grey's much-lauded superhero is back, and his firm, square jaw shows no signs of weakening. But something's gone terribly wrong: after a dramatic climb to the top of Mt. Compost Heap, Traction Man's faithful pet, Scrubbing Brush, has disappeared (Mom and Dad—how could you?). Rescuing Scrubbing Brush will take everything Traction Man's got—as well as the help of the annoying robot Turbodog, a trio of naked fashion dolls and a big bottle of household cleaner called Germo. Grey's prose, a clever mélange of overwrought and ironic, is a joy to read aloud (“Traction Man squirts the Bin-Things with Germo and they hiss and wither”). But her real gift is in transforming an ordinary household into both thrilling stage and supporting cast (who knew an old mascara wand could be so emotive?). To create a fantasy world is one thing, but to trigger a gestalt shift in the way kids look at their own environments is quite another. A keeper. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)