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.
"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.” - Sally-Anne McCormack, Melbourne-based Child & Adolescent Psychologist and author
"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 Bottom Shelf
"Poignant, perfectly pitched and picture perfect” - Boomerang Books
"A fantastic book for those wanting to help teach their child about loss.“ - In The Good Books
"Heartwarming, moving and thoroughly accessible to the very young - this is a book that will soothe the heart of many a reader. When it comes to loss and the possibility of understanding and healing, The Fix-It Man has nailed it.” - Kid's Book Review
"Achingly beautiful, The Fix-It Man is a gentle touch that can help children and adults deal with the loss of a loved one … With examples like the patching of a teddy bear starting the mending of two hearts, this book will lead to important discussions about how people move on in a time of loss.” - NC Teacher Stuff
"Teachers agreed this would be a wonderful resource for a child dealing with loss with its gentle approach." - Jnr Bookworms
"This story will pull at the heart strings and prompt conversations otherwise hidden beneath broken hearts.” - Creative Kids Tales
“Compelling Children’s Book” - Gold Coast Bulletin
"A beautiful way to talk about loss and grief" - Disney Princesses Magazine
"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.” - Hip Little One
"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 Mummy Project
"A heartwrenching story packed into picture book format, this book will resonate with children who have lost loved ones. A good read aloud about dealing with trials and clinging to your family when the going gets rough." - Batch of Books
"I feel that this book is great for all children. As they need to learn that some of their friends might or might not have both a mother and a father who is alive, and it might help them to understand that they can heal if they lose a parent of their own.” - Airplanes & Dragonflies
“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.” - Sunday Telegraph
"A lovely book, beautifully illustrated and good story for bonding daughters and dads" - School Days magazine
"Dads are really handy and the loving relationship in this book is well described. Together, the girl and her dad fix everything. Appealing, loving illustrations complete the picture.” - Pinerolo Newsletter