The FIX-It Man – a book review

The FIX-IT Man
Book Review




Title: The FIX-IT Man
Author:  Dimity Powell
Illustrator: Nicky Johnston
Publisher: EK Books



When things break, who do you get to fix them?
The Fix-It Man of course!
It’s handy having a dad who can fix just about anything. But what happen to broken hearts when sticky tape and super glue are not enough?
Together, a young girl and her father face grief and heartache, and discover that love can sometimes be the best glue of all.

The Fix-It Man book trailer:

We all have things that need fixing. But there are some things that can’t be fixed, like terminal illness. Death is often a subject left unspoken. And even more so when it is the loss of a parent for a young child or teenager. Author, Dimity Powell, has written a poignant story that weaves the themes of love and loss in a gentle and sensitive way.

Grief comes in many forms but the glue that holds everyone together is love. And that is what the father and daughter  have to help each other through the passing of the wife and mother. In the first half of the book, the father is busy fixing things, and he can fix anything – except illness. In the midst of despair after the loss of life, the daughter is the one who reaches out to her father.

The FIX-IT Man is a book of understanding and acceptance of emotions in the grieving process. This book portrays that together, people can reach out and journey through the grief with one another.

Illustrator, Nicky Johnston, has captured the tone and expressions of the characters in the story with perfection. Even the broken household items reflect the breaking of hearts as the terminal illness of the mother takes hold. The grey textless page of loss speaks volumes, and has an unspoken understanding with the gentleness that is required.

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.

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Author, Dimity Powell
Illustrator, Nicky Johnston

Title: The Fix-It Man
Author: Dimity Powell
Illustrator: Nicky Johnston
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: EK Books (March 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1925335348
ISBN-13: 978-1925335347

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, author, illustrator, editor, tea ninja & Cadbury chocolate annihilator)

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