Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy

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When Dad loses his car keys, little Mary suggests they might be down the back of the chair. Join in the fun as Dad begins the search, finding everything from a hairy string to a diamond ring—and much, much more! Could the solution to all the family’s problems be down the back of the chair?

A lively rhyming text and quirky art come together in this visual explosion of fun and imagination.
 

About Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy lived in New Zealand and was internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children's writers of her day. She was the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She was also the recipient of an Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she receivd the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature. Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue, and Flyaway Katie (all published by Candlewick). She is also the illustrator of Margaret Mahy's Down the Back of the Chair. She studied illustration at Bright Art School and now lives and works in Brighton, England.
 
Published June 12, 2006 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A comfy armchair upholstered in a brightly flowered print is the hiding place for a fantastic range of surprises in this rollicking, rhyming treat from the uniquely talented Mahy, winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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Mahy frequently hints at magic (naming the father Prospero, invoking images of a city that lies ""out beyond like a land in a dream"" and glows ""like a fairyland in the last rays of sunlight""), but MacCarthy largely ignores these metaphors, so that the somewhat flat ending lacks a dreamy punch.

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When the kids suggest Dad look for his lost car keys in the depths of their wingback chair, the family's fortunes take a dramatic and deliciously silly turn for the better.

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