Dimity Powell is a writer of children's stories and a reviewer of books, and also acts as a Books in Homes role model. Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator. She is passionate about promoting emotional resilience in children and raising awareness of mental health issues.
"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, 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 *