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Down the Back of the Chair - Margaret Mahy

Down the Back of the Chair

By: Margaret Mahy, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)


Published: 1st February 2007
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
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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?

About The Author

Margaret Mahy is acknowledged all over the world as one of the outstanding children's writers of today, and has published over 200 titles. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, several of her titles have become modern classics. In 2006 she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal by IBBY. Her previous books for Frances Lincoln are Simply Delicious!, Down the Dragon's Tongue and Dashing Dog! Whereabouts: New Zealand 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. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was Looking After Louis, written by Lesley Ely. Whereabouts: London, N1



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Fun and fabulous for all children!!


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Inspirational
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Down the Back of the Chair:

    A wonderful rhythmic rhyming book! Lots of fun!!

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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

    ISBN: 9781845076023
    ISBN-10: 1845076028
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
    For Grades: 3 - 7
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 32
    Published: 1st February 2007
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 27.8 x 24.0  x 0.64
    Weight (kg): 0.18