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The Fix-It Man
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A poignant picture book that explores how a child and her father rebuild their lives after the loss of her mother. 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 their 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.
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About the Author

Dimity Powell writes for children because she would secretly love to be one again. To support this fantasy she produces sometimes silly, sometimes sad, always sparkly stories for school magazines, anthologies, online apps as creative digital content, and as junior novels and picture books. Many of her stories have been shortlisted or won awards including her digital narrative, The Chapel of Unlove for the Story City App, shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2016. Two of her picture books feature on the Kindergo App and appear as part of Virgin Australia's Inflight Children's Entertainment Program. PS Who Stole Santa's Mail? filled the Christmas stockings of children everywhere for the first time in 2012. At the End of Holyrood Lane is her second picture book with EK Books. The Fix-It Man, also illustrated by Nicky Johnston, debuted in 2017. Dimity is also Managing Editor of highly respected children's literature website Kids' Book Review, and a Books in Homes role model. Her past adventures include skiing the French Alps, Kombiing around a quarter of Australia, spotting manatees in Florida, and getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle. She's tried a few grown-up jobs, but thinks it's more fun writing for children now because she believes that great stories - like ice-cream - are life essentials. One day, she would love to travel to Lapland and meet Santa for real. Nicky Johnston is a primary educator, speaker and children's book author and illustrator. Passionate about raising awareness of the importance of children's emotional well-being, Nicky has written books to help children deal with anxiety and develop resilience. She is an experienced public speaker and presents at parent forums, seminars and conferences. Her illustration style is described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and dreamy. She works mainly in watercolor, ink and pencil. She also produces work digitally using a variety of illustration software. Nicky's first children's book Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! was adapted into a theatrical production. For five years the show has been performed at primary schools throughout Victoria, educating children dealing with anxiety and helping to develop a healthy resilience. For four years, Nicky was the Creative Director of 52-week Illustration Challenge Facebook group. This online Illustration Challenge inspires a community of artists and illustrators to create artwork using weekly theme prompts while providing a safe and encouraging environment for personal artistic development.

Reviews

"We all think it's lovely - the way in which death and grief is dealt with is gentle and not overpowering." "a poignant story of bereavement, this is an excellent starting point for exploring emotions of grief and loss with young children." * The Bookseller * "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." "poignant" "Poignant, perfectly pitched and picture perfect" * The Fix-It Man * "a fantastic book for those wanting to help teach their child about loss. " * Teaching Children About Grief * "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." -- Tania McCartney * Review: The Fix-It Man * "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." -- Jeff Barger * The Fix-It Man * "Teachers agreed this would be a wonderful resource for a child dealing with loss with its gentle approach." * Reviews: The Fix-It Man * "This story will pull at the heart strings and prompt conversations otherwise hidden beneath broken hearts." -- Georgie Donaghey * Books Reviewed by CKT * "Compelling Children's book" -- John Affleck * Illustrating Good Grief * "A beautiful way to talk about loss and grief" * The Fix-It Man * "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" * The Fix-It Man Giveaway * "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' Book Review * "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." -- Dena "This is a truly moving story. Every word is perfect" -- Jill Smith "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." -- Sandy Fussell * Fun Zone * "A lovely book, beautifully illustrated and good story for bonding daughters and dads" "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." "Powell tells this gentle story in a way kids will understand. Even quite young children know that not everything can be fixed with glue or sticky tape, and they will gradually gain an understanding that some things can't be fixed at all...The whole message of the book is pragmatic but positive, poignant and powerful. ." -- Susan Stephenson * Children's Picture Book about Change * "Loss is inevitable but with tools like this story I believe children are empowered to navigate new and difficult life experiences or to relate to others during challenging time" -- Raquel Mayman * The Fix-It Man * "The FIX-IT Man is not just for kids. It's for grown-ups too - I believe it reaches out to two, even three generations in the cycle of life, whispering the roles of helping each other through difficult times." -- Julieann Wallace * The Fix-It Man - A Book Review * "The Fix-It Man is a thoughtful, caring story of a young child dealing with grief and loss." "... a great way to introduce children to loss and one that I love." -- Madison Fuller * The Fix-It Man - By Dimity Powell *

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