Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey (year 3 group set, 7 books)

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With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. He is the last word in heroic fashion flair - until, that is, the day that he is presented with an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet by his owner's granny. Can Traction Man overcome the humiliation of his desperately dowdy new look and rediscover the action hero within or will the burden of the knitted green monstrosity be too great?

  • Free discussion notes available on this website
  • toys and imaginative play
  • 32 pages

 

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Mini Grey interviewed by Madelyn Travis


Mini Grey was born in the front seat of a mini in an icy car-park in South Wales. She grew up in a village in Buckinghamshire with plenty of places to make camps, climb trees and pretend to be horses. As a child Mini created many bizarre objects from cardboard, clay, papier mache, dough, plaster, toilet rolls and crisp packets.

At university Mini became involved with set-building at the Bloomsbury theatre and eventually got asked to design some shows. After her degree she worked making latex puppets in a basement in Covent Garden until she was offered a place on a theatre design course. Mini loved theatre designing but she didn't earn much money. She trained to be a teacher and worked for six years in South London before studying for an MA in illustration.

In this interview, she talks to Madelyn Travis about her recent picture books.

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Traction Man discussion guide

 

Author Mini Grey

Illustrator: Mini Grey

Publisher:Random House

Synopsis:

Traction Man is Here

With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. He is the last word in heroic fashion flair - until, that is, the day that he is presented with an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet by his owner's granny. Can Traction Man overcome the humiliation of his desperately dowdy new look and rediscover the action hero within or will the burden of the knitted green monstrosity be too great?

 Traction Man meets Turbo Dog

Traction Man is back! And so is Scrubbing Brush, his brave and rather bedraggled pet who stays by his side through thick and thin. But one night Scrubbing Brush mysteriously vanishes and in his place is the utterly hygienic Turbodog, in indestructible Purple Plastic with Flashing Eyes, Electronic Bark and three AA batteries.

 

Reasons for selection:

Both Traction Man books could be used as a basis for a narrative unit on adventure stories or a unit on stories with familiar settings for pupils in lower Key Stage 2. They are well suited to a wide age range and are sufficiently complex to engage older readers in Key Stage 2. The texts are rich in cultural allusions and intertextual references to a range of texts, most obviously comics and film but advertising and environmental print are also featured. The books are thus well suited to group and guided reading with children aged 9+. The books will have particular appeal to readers who respond well to visual and multi-modal texts.

 

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