Down the Back of the Chair

Down the Back of the Chair

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By (author) Margaret Mahy, Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 270mm x 10mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845076028
  • ISBN 13: 9781845076023
  • Sales rank: 5,190

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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?

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Margaret Mahy, the iconic children's author from New Zealand who sadly died earlier this year, wrote more than 200 books for children of allages 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. To visit Polly Dunbar's website click here To read an interview with Polly Dunbar click here

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Exuberant rhyming story celebrating the chaos of everyday life and the power of the imagination. Independent on Sunday 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 Daily Telegraph 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 School Librarian Mahy and Dunbar are a stunning team, the visual dexterity of one playing with the verbal twists and turns of the other. INIS