Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey

Traction Man is Here

Written by Mini Grey
Part of the Traction Man Series

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Mini Grey has been selected as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators in 2008. Short listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards - Best Illustrated book to read aloud 2006.

A very original tale told from a real child’s eye perspective, through illustrations which give vivid personification to inanimate objects like a scrubbing brush and a piece of toast. The whole thing is very well controlled, and has a subtle sophistication which means you see more things each time you look at it.


Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey

With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. He 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.

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This book is full of the wild imaginative details and comic-strip energy that define all Grey's picture books. -- Korky Paul S Magazine, Sunday Express Everything Mini Grey writes is an instant hit and Traction Man is no exception ... She is a one-off and so is he Observer Grey has produced a splendidly tongue-in-cheek picture book ... Funny, satirical and inventive ... Traction Man is a delight The Sunday Times Visual and verbal wit abound so children and parents will find much to enjoy The Bookseller Children will trill and giggle with recognition at this genuinely funny artist Independent

About the Author

Mini Grey

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. She especially liked running after-school clubs in model-making and pottery.

Mini had always done bits of illustration in her spare time, and had an ambition to have a book published some day. She did a two-year MA in illustration, and made a strange pop-up book and an animation about it.

Mini has been shortlisted and won a number of prizes including for, The Pea and The Princess being shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2002, and Biscuit Bear, being the winner of the Smarties Prize in 2004.

Mini lives in Oxford with her partner Tony and cat Bonzetta. She likes running along the river, cycling, walking up hills, running down corridors, and playing badly on her electric piano wearing headphones.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Random House Children's Books

Publication date

6th April 2006




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