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The Fix-It Man

The Fix-It Man
Written by Dimity Powell
Illustrated by Nicky Johnston
EK £9.99
ISBN: 978-1925335347

Death and grief are part of life, but these are huge subjects to tackle in a picture book for the very young. This simple story, with few words and appealing whole page illustrations, manages to get it just right.

The little girl's dad is great at fixing things with a hammer or a tube of superglue, but even he can do nothing to help when Mum is very ill. We become aware that Mum has died not by words but by the total absence of colour on the page as the little girl and her dad sit side by side numb with grief. Together, they have to find a way to fix their broken hearts and move forward, and together they discover that love is the only glue they need.

The charming illustrations are full of poignant and amusing details, but the subject matter means that this is a book to be used with great care.

Jan Lennon


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