Down the Back of the Chair

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 29 pages
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.

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User Review  - Kyle98 - LibraryThing

Father loses his keys and the child suggests looking in the back of the chair. Upon seeking the keys, more than just the keys were found in the back of the chair (elephants, cars, etc.). In the end, the father ends up finding the keys after finding much, much more than just the keys! Read full review

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User Review  - Annalisebradshaw -

A family going through financial troubles, searches the back of the chair out of desperation. As the father searches for anything to help them financially, they also find elephants and a child and other unexpected items down the back of the chair. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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.

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