The Fix-It Man

The Fix-It Man by Dimity Powell

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Format: Hardback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781925335347
Publisher: EK Books
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It's handy having a dad who can fix just about anything. A young girl believes her father is the king of fixing things. But following the death of her mother, she discovers that broken hearts are not as easy to repair as damaged toys and cracked teapots. Together, she and her father find a way to glue back the pieces of her lives. The Fix-It Man is a poignant picture book that explores how a child can cope with the loss of a parent (in this case, the young girl's mother). Repairing damaged emotions is not as straightforward as gluing a broken kite back together or sewing up a torn toy. And grief affects all members of a family, with each responding in their own way to the loss. By sticking with her father, the young girl is able to strengthen her resilience and ability to cope with one of life's harshest experiences. The author was encouraged to seek publication for this story after receiving the endorsement of several grief counsellors who work with children and who recognised the need for a book such as this.

Dimity Powell has trekked through many parts of the world and crossed several of its oceans, collecting story ideas along the way. She loves transforming these into kids' books because, deep down, she'd love to be a kid again. When she's not writing stories, she's reviewing books or acting as a Books in Homes role model - or eating her body weight in ice-cream.

Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator of children's books. She is passionate about promoting emotional resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues. Her love of teaching sees her kept busy with school visits and presenting at workshops and conferences.

Format: Hardback, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781925335347
Size: 10 in x 9.5 in / 254 mm x 241.3 mm
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"In The Fix-It Man, author Dimity Powell and illustrator Nicky Johnston have created a truly beautiful book to help kids with their emotional needs around loss." 
The Fix-It Man is a thoughtful, caring, picture book story exploring how grief and loss affect a young child … This is an important book. It’s hard to discuss grief and loss with a young child. The Fix-It Man provides a way to do that.”
"A fantastic book for those wanting to help teach their child about loss.“
"Teachers agreed this would be a wonderful resource for a child dealing with loss with its gentle approach."
"This story will pull at the heart strings and prompt conversations otherwise hidden beneath broken hearts.”
“Compelling Children’s Book”
"A beautiful way to talk about loss and grief" 
"Written with great compassion by Dimity Powell and beautifully illustrated by Nicky Johnston ‘The Fix-It Man’ is a perfect read for families going through a difficult time of grieving.” 
"Poignant, perfectly pitched and picture perfect”
"This is a poignant story of loss and one that will resonate with many children who have lost a parent or other loved one.  With its gentle text and soft palette, even though it is sad it is not gloomy because the love between this family oozes from the page and from that, the hope is tangible."
"The Fix-It Man is a story that reflects the challenges of losing a loved one, acknowledging that there is a pain which cannot be fixed, but also acknowledging that with love and support, a child can move forward after a major loss.  Many people avoid the topic of death, but in this book it is addressed respectfully and sensitively, and I believe that this will be a wonderful resource for those helping children deal with grief and loss.”
"Beautifully written and illustrated, The Fix-It Man is a valuable tool for educators, parents, schools and all parents … We are excited to add this deeply touching story to our resources to help grieving children heal."