When Dad loses his car keys, toddler Mary suspects that they have ended up down the back of the chair so Dad begins to search. But what an odd assortments of objects are living down the back of the chair! This lively, eccentric poem is a visual explosion of fun and imagination, featuring dragons, pirates, treasure, lions, elephants and many more. But what will a troubled father win from down the back of the chair?
|Publisher:||Frances Lincoln Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Margaret Mahy, the iconic children's author from New Zealand who sadly died in 2012, wrote more than 200 books for children of all ages and is acknowledged to be one of the outstanding children's writers of the twentieth century. In 2006 she was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is the highest international recognition granted to authors and illustrators of children's books. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, several of her books have become modern classics. Her other picture books for Frances Lincoln include: Dashing Dog, illustrated by Sarah Garland, and Down the Back of the Chair and Bubble Trouble, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar.
Polly Dunbar was born in Stratford upon Avon. Daughter of children's author Joyce Dunbar, Polly first started illustrating when she was 16 and has a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Polly's books for Frances Lincoln are Down the Back of the Chair, Measuring Angels, Looking After Louis and Bubble Trouble. She lives in Brighton, Sussex.
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What People are Saying About This
"An inspired flight of fancy." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"[A] rollicking, rhyming treat from the uniquely talented Mahy, winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Like Shel Silverstein's poetry, Mahy's exuberant rhyme bounces with nonsensical humor and begs for guitar accompaniment." Booklist, ALA
"A delightfully optimistic, entertaining crowd-pleaser." School Library Journal
"Illustrations as zany as the chair's bounty accompany this giddy rhyming tale." Horn Book Guide
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hilarious. My five-year-old LOVES this book. "Rack and ruin" is his new favorite phrase. Tons of new vocabulary here, as well as interesting alliterations and non-standard, refreshing rhymes. The rhythm of the text makes for a fun read-aloud. Illustrations and text placement are highly engaging. HIGHLY recommended.
Obviously written about our family. Shame we haven't found the will of a rich dead family member down the back of our sofa but everything else is down there!