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The Fix-It Man eBook

The Fix-It Man eBook
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Dimity Powell & Nicky Johnston

The Fix-It Man eBook

Dimity Powell & Nicky Johnston

EK Books

Teacher’s Notes available here.

TRAILER:


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.


SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 245 x 255 mm | 32 Pages | 


EVENTS:

The Fix-It Man team have so many events lined up this year that we couldn't fit them on this page!
Head over to the EK Books event page to see when Dimity and Nicky will be in your area.


Endorsements:

Sally-Anne McCormack, Melbourne-based Child & Adolescent Psychologist and author

"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."


Deirdre Hanna, Founder and Board Director - Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. and Paradise Kids.

"Beautifully written and illustrated, The Fix-It Man is a valuable tool for educators, parents, schools and all parents ... Over the past twenty years Paradise Kids has helped children ‘heal the heartache’ through psycho-education about the grief process through art, story-telling, movement, music and literature. We are excited to add this deeply touching story to our resources to help grieving children heal."


Reviews:

School Days Magazine, April 2017

 

"A lovely book, beautifully illustrated and good story for bonding daughters and dads"


Sunday Telegraph, April 217

“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."


Pass It On, March 2017

"This is a truly moving story. Every word is perfect"


Hip Little One, March 2017

"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”


Disney Princesses Magazine, March 2017

"A beautiful way to talk about loss and grief" 


Gold Coast Bulletin, March 2017

"Compelling Children's Book"


Creative Kids Tales, March 2017

"This story will pull at the heart strings and prompt conversations otherwise hidden beneath broken hearts."


Jnr Bookworms, March 2017

"Teachers agreed this would be a wonderful resource for a child dealing with loss with its gentle approach."


NC Teacher Stuff, March 2017

"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."


Kid's Book Review, February 2017

"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." - Click here to read.


In The Good Books, February 2017

"a fantastic book for those wanting to help teach their child about loss."


Boomerang Books, February 2017

"Poignant, perfectly pitched and picture perfect"


The Bottom Shelf, February 2017

"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."


Scholastic, December 2016

"We all think it’s lovely – the way in which death and grief is dealt with is gentle and not overpowering."

 


The Bookseller, December 2016

“a poignant story of bereavement, this is an excellent starting point for exploring emotions of grief and loss with young children.”


MEDIA

Pearlz Dreaming, April 2017

Feature Article, "How to Launch a Children’s Book About Loss." - Click here to view.


The Peninsula Star, March 2017

Nicky Johnston, illustrator of The Fix-It Man on why she decided to be apart of this great story. Click here to read the interview.


Ultra 106Five, March 2017

Dave from Ultra 106Five sits down to chat with Dimity Powell, author of The Fix-It Man.  Click here to listen in.


Austereo Maryborough Breakfast Show, March 2017

Tune in to Dimity Powell interviewed on the Maryborough Breakfast Show!


ABC Canberra, March 2017

Dimity Powell, author of The Fix-It Man as interviewed by Laura Tchilinguirian on ABC Canberra.
 
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