Traction Man meets Turbo Dog
A story of bravery, friendship and loyalty…
The son of a ‘germophobe’ imaginatively brings Traction Man, a very well loved super hero, to life. His loyal friendship with companion Scrubbing Brush tragically comes to an end, after a particularly muddy adventure, when a certain grown-up thinks Scrubbing Brush is only fit for the bin. Here enters Turbo Dog. Run from batteries, his flashy lights and electronic bark are no substitute. Following a limited adventure with Turbo Dog, Traction Man embarks on a resilient hunt for Scrubbing Brush …
This colourful, comic style, picture book is rammed full of detail. It is multi layered with the potential to serve as a hook for many areas of the curriculum.
Thoughts for use in the classroom
- In science, you could hunt the many materials referenced in the book. There is a good example of electricity and water not being friends.
- Fit for purpose – Traction Man has a different outfit for each scenario he is in. Design a new outfit for Traction Man.
- Personification is dealt with so well – even the potato peelings have feelings in this story and there is a crisp packet that can talk!
- The endearing friendship between Traction Man and Scrubbing brush could be the starting point for circle time discussion.
- Gender – the father is concerned with cleanliness whereas the mother is in the tool shed using power tools. Discuss.
A very rich text that could be used in both KS1 and KS2
written by Chris Belmonte