Down the Back of the Chair (Hardcover)

By Margaret Mahy, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, 9780618693955, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2006



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.

Praise For Down the Back of the Chair

"An inspired flight of fancy." Publishers Weekly, Starred

"[A] rollicking, rhyming treat from the uniquely talented Mahy, winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award." Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Like Shel Silverstein's poetry, Mahy's exuberant rhyme bounces with nonsensical humor and begs for guitar accompaniment." Booklist, ALA

"A delightfully optimistic, entertaining crowd-pleaser." School Library Journal

"Illustrations as zany as the chair's bounty accompany this giddy rhyming tale." Horn Book Guide