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Traction Man is Here!

Mr. Bragg reads Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey. Traction Man is a treasured toy who goes on amazing adventures with his very special pet.

Did you hear these words in the story? What do you think they mean?

  • combat
  • captive
  • warfare
  • rejoice

Change the setting of the story.

Where would you choose and which items would Traction Man meet in his new setting?

Can you try writing your new version of the story?



The inside cover shows a letter to Santa saying that the last Traction Man had a terrible parachute accident.

What do you think happened?

You could even write a story about what might have happened to the last Traction Man?




Can you invent a new villain for Traction Man in the story?



Choose an extract below to read. Then have a go at answering the questions.


Quick quiz - My brother is a superhero


  1. Where is the story set?
  2. How does Luke describe his brother Zack on page 2?
  3. What do we find out about Luke on page 2?
  4. Where did Luke end up having a wee?


Quick quiz - Young Heroes


  1. Where did George Matus live?
  2. According to the text, what is a drone?
  3. Why did George get frustrated?
  4. What did George invent?
  5. What is the name of his company?
  6. How many people around the world have cystic fibrosis?
  7. What problems do people with cystic fibrosis have?
  8. What is Sarah Sobka trying to achieve?
  9. Where did Kelvin Doe grown up?
  10.  What did he achieve aged 16?
  11. What is Kelvin doing today?

Inspired by Kelvin Doe? Us too! Watch this video to find out more about this impressive young hero.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators ...