THE FIX-IT MAN by Susan Hood

THE FIX-IT MAN

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stuff happens. Things break, but fixing them can be as much fun as breaking them, sometimes.

Young, bespectacled Joshua James is a fix-it kind of kid. Not only can he mend the chair and get the couch-pillow bridge back up, but he is an inventor as well. Getting out of bed can be a drag, so why not invent a Rube Goldberg–ian device to make the day’s entrance exciting? In Chung’s busy, clever illustrations, Joshua James’ cockamamie plans use physics and gerbils to get the job done. Hood’s text is a different matter. The rhymes are tired (“Joshua James is the Fix-It Man. / If he can’t fix it, no one can!”) and tonally out of sync with the smart ebullience of the illustrations. There are also elements of the narrative that are strangely wayward: when Joshua James’ baby sister runs afoul of a pulley, Joshua James apologizes; when Joshua James’ dad takes a header after stepping on a skateboard the Fix-It Man left on the walk, readers are told, “Everyone goofs, and things can break. / Even dads can make mistakes!” Yeah, Dad, watch where you’re walking. The characters all have brown hair and light skin.

Think of it as a cautionary tale. If you can fix a chair, you can put away the skateboard. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 8th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-237085-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2016




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