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Traction Man meets TurboDog    by Mini Grey order for
Traction Man meets TurboDog
by Mini Grey
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Traction Man (of Traction Man is Here!) and his faithful pet Scrubbing Brush are back for another action-packed comic adventure, Traction Man meets TurboDog!

After a mountaineering marathon up Mt. Compost Heap (guided by a Yoda-like Ancient Potato who tells them 'Bow low you must' to 'the ring of Mystic Shrooms'), they return through swampy marshes where Scrubbing Brush is almost lost in Sinking Mud. But later that night, disaster strikes Scrubbing Brush under the guise of parental concerns for hygiene.

When Turbodog arrives 'In Indestructible Purple Plastic with Flashing Eyes, Electronic Bark and three AA batteries', Traction Man wonders where his old pet has gone. He lets Turbodog accompany him, but it's just not the same. He searches everywhere, ending up in 'the Dark and Terrible Underworld of the Bin!'

Traction Man meets TurboDog is a cute and comic story, engagingly illustrated and with plenty of cultural references that adults will enjoy at least as much as kids.

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