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Down the Back of the Chair

Written by Margaret Mahy

Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Down the Back of the Chair Synopsis

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?

Down the Back of the Chair Press Reviews

Exuberant rhyming story celebrating the chaos of everyday life and the power of the imagination. || Its inventive language and detailed collage illustrations... will amuse children of three and over... This is a simple story but it zips along and ... the language really fizzes || The entertainment, humour, and exuberance of it all arises from what Dad finds... Mahy's text rollicks along in rhythm and rhyme, and Polly Dunbar's graphics are akin to a fireworks display on the page; words, phrases and pictorial images metaphorically pop up and explode like stardust over the double spreads || Mahy and Dunbar are a stunning team, the visual dexterity of one playing with the verbal twists and turns of the other.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845076023
Publication date: 1st February 2007
Author: Margaret Mahy
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Margaret Mahy

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 ...

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