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Traction Man Is Here! (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 12, 2005
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A boy writes a note to Santa requesting another Traction Man since his old one was involved in what is simply referred to as, "the Terrible Parachute Accident". Santa may not be aware of the boy's request, but his parents are certainly on the ball because Christmas Day brings a brand new bright and shiny Traction Man (complete with Dazzle-Painted Battler Pants). Thus begin our hero's adventures. Each time he appears, his new outfit is lovingly described (as in the sentence, "Traction Man is crawling through the overgrown shrubbery near the Pond, wearing Jungle Pants, Camouflage Vest and Sweaty Bandanna"). This is all well and good up until the moment the family goes to knit-crazy Granny's. Traction Man receives an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matches bonnet. It's adorable and completely inappropriate for his line of work.Read more ›
The text read, "Traction man is guarding some toast." Then I noted that the toast had eyes and mouth set in somewhat querulous look. I laughed aloud and raced to buy this.
My 3.5 year old carried this about for days, after.
Traction man is original, clever, snarky (read the label on the hoopos that become his medal at the end of the book) and gentle. It's exquisite. Buy several copies, you'll be handing it out at birthday parties for years.
This is welcome news if you're weary of countless nights re-reading Pooh or Seuss ad nauseum. But it's tough to explain to a toddler why the sight of a foot-tall plastic toy diving in a sink for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve provokes such snorts and guffaws.
Traction Man's a Christmas gift to an unnamed boy, whose imagination turns him loose on unsuspecting household objects. But both meet their match with Granny, who knits the doll a puke-green coverall that fairly screams "dork." Picture the matching bonnet and it's easy to summon similar mortifying moments from your own childhood.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My granddaughter loves this series. I get a kick out of the English humor.Published 20 months ago by Corneesh
This book looked good on line. But, when I got it, my students didn't like it, neither did I. It's too difficult for 2nd graders.Published 21 months ago by Peace and Blessings
Family favorite book for several years! My son has checked this book out from the library on a regular basis for more than five years (he's now 8). We finally got our own copy.Published 22 months ago by G. Benson