The Fix-It Man
A little girl has a daddy who can fix anything. He can fix a broken tea pot, he can untie any knots, and he can fix broken kites. But there is one thing he cannot fix: the mommy’s sickness. No one can fix her, not even the doctors. The little girl and daddy are very sad when mommy is gone. There are some things that glue and tape cannot fix. The little girl is worried that she cannot fix her daddy’s broken heart.
When I read The Fix-It Man, it was not at all what I thought it was going to be. It was much sadder than I expected. I really liked the illustrations; they helped tell more of the story, like showing the mommy who is sick with a scarf on her head. The little girl is helping with chores because mommy is too sick to do the laundry. The illustrations also show how much daddy loves mommy, and he does everything he can to make her feel better, like bringing her tea. I think The Fix-It Man is a great book for kids who have a parent or family member who is sick and going to die from cancer. It will help show them that you can be sad, but everything will be okay, and you can still be happy after somebody you love dies.
Dimity Powell • Nicky Johnston, Illustrator