Fix-It

Overview

David McPhail's delightful animal characters and slyly humorous illustrations have won him many young fans. Now this warm, funny picturebook-his first about Emma-is available as a sturdy board book, perfect for little hands.

One morning Emma gets up early to watch television. But the TV won't work. No one can fix it-not Mom, not Dad, not even the repairman. Neither can a balloon or a song or playing horsey fix Emma's disappointment. But then Emma's mother reads her a book. "Read...

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Overview

David McPhail's delightful animal characters and slyly humorous illustrations have won him many young fans. Now this warm, funny picturebook-his first about Emma-is available as a sturdy board book, perfect for little hands.

One morning Emma gets up early to watch television. But the TV won't work. No one can fix it-not Mom, not Dad, not even the repairman. Neither can a balloon or a song or playing horsey fix Emma's disappointment. But then Emma's mother reads her a book. "Read it again," says Emma. "And again." And when Emma's father finally realizes what's wrong with the TV-it was just unplugged!-Emma is too busy reading to care. The power of books to enthrall has rarely been presented in such a clever, simple way for the TV-savvy preschool set.

About the Author: David McPhail is the author-illustrator of many popular picture books, including the Emma series.

It is when the fix-it man is trying to repair the television and her parents are trying to entertain her that Emma becomes so interested in reading, she no longer cares about television.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A crisis is resolved splendidly: Emma's TV breaks, and the winsome bear rediscovers another pleasurereading. Ages 2-5. (September)
Publishers Weekly
When a baby bear awakens to a "broken" TV, her parents hire a repair man in Fix-It by David McPhail. But when mother bear starts reading a book, Emma forgets all about her favorite shows. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The message in this board book is as relevant today as when it was first published nearly two decades ago. Little Emma gets up early one morning to watch TV, but it won't work. She wakes her mother and she can't fix it, neither can papa and neither can the TV repair man. In the meantime they spend time with Emma playing and reading until she heads off to her room with a good book to read to her stuffed animals. When the TV is finally fixed, Emma is too busy to go and watch it. The opening sequence explains why the television doesn't work. What isn't explained is why the parents and repairman are unable to solve the obvious problem, but then the message of life beyond TV would not exist. 2002 (orig. 1984), Dutton, $6.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140547528
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 452,516
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.04 (d)

Meet the Author

David McPhail is the acclaimed author of many popular books for children, including Fix-It; Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!; and Pigs Ahoy! (all Dutton and Puffin). He is also the illustrator of Jan Waldron's Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas and John Pig's Halloween (both Dutton). He lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

David McPhail is the acclaimed author of many popular books for children, including Fix-It; Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!; and Pigs Ahoy! (all Dutton and Puffin). He is also the illustrator of Jan Waldron's Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas and John Pig's Halloween (both Dutton). He lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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