The Fix-It Man

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It’s handy having a dad who can fix just about anything. A young girl believes her father is the king of fixing things. But following the death of her mother, she discovers that broken hearts are not as easy to repair as damaged toys and cracked teapots.

Together, she and her father find a way to glue back the pieces of her lives. The Fix-It Man is a poignant picture book that explores how a child can cope with the loss of a parent (in this case, the young girl’s mother). Repairing damaged emotions is not as straightforward as gluing a broken kite back together or sewing up a torn toy.

And grief affects all members of a family, with each responding in their own way to the loss. By sticking with her father, the young girl is able to strengthen her resilience and ability to cope with one of life’s harshest experiences.

The author was encouraged to seek publication for this story after receiving the endorsement of several grief counsellors who work with children and who recognised the need for a book such as this.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9½ x 10 Inches | 32 Pages |

Pearlz Dreaming, April 2017
Feature Article, “How to Launch a Children’s Book About Loss.” – Click here to view.

The Peninsula Star, March 2017
Nicky Johnston, illustrator of The Fix-It Man on why she decided to be apart of this great story. Click here to read the interview.

Ultra 106Five, March 2017
Dave from Ultra 106Five sits down to chat with Dimity Powell, author of The Fix-It Man.  Click here to listen in.

Austereo Maryborough Breakfast Show, March 2017
Tune in to Dimity Powell interviewed on the Maryborough Breakfast Show!

ABC Canberra, March 2017
Dimity Powell, author of The Fix-It Man as interviewed by Laura Tchilinguirian on ABC Canberra

Herald Sun/Leader Community Newspaper
“Langwarrin illustrator Nicky Johnston’s book The Fix-It Man helps parents, children deal with loss” – Interview with Nicky Johnston. Click here to read in full.

School Days Magazine
“A lovely book, beautifully illustrated and good story for bonding daughters and dads”

Sunday Telegraph
“The Fix-It Man is a thoughtful, caring, picture book story exploring how grief and loss affect a young child … This is an important book. It’s hard to discuss grief and loss with a young child. The Fix-It Man provides a way to do that.”

Pass It On
“This is a truly moving story. Every word is perfect”

Batch of Books
“A heart wrenching story packed into picture book format, this book will resonate with children who have lost loved ones. A good read aloud about dealing with trials and clinging to your family when the going gets rough.”

The Mummy Project
“In The Fix-It Man, author Dimity Powell and illustrator Nicky Johnston have created a truly beautiful book to help kids with their emotional needs around loss.”

Hip Little One
“Written with great compassion by Dimity Powell and beautifully illustrated by Nicky Johnston ‘The Fix-It Man’ is a perfect read for families going through a difficult time of grieving” 

Disney Princesses Magazine
“A beautiful way to talk about loss and grief” 

Gold Coast Bulletin
“Compelling Children’s Book”

Creative Kids Tales
“This story will pull at the heart strings and prompt conversations otherwise hidden beneath broken hearts.”

Jnr Bookworms
“Teachers agreed this would be a wonderful resource for a child dealing with loss with its gentle approach.”

NC Teacher Stuff
“Achingly beautiful, The Fix-It Man is a gentle touch that can help children and adults deal with the loss of a loved one … With examples like the patching of a teddy bear starting the mending of two hearts, this book will lead to important discussions about how people move on in a time of loss.”

Kid’s Book Review
“Heartwarming, moving and thoroughly accessible to the very young–this is a book that will soothe the heart of many a reader. When it comes to loss and the possibility of understanding and healing, The Fix-It Man has nailed it.”

In The Good Books
“a fantastic book for those wanting to help teach their child about loss. “

Boomerang Books
“Poignant, perfectly pitched and picture perfect”

The Bottom Shelf
“This is a poignant story of loss and one that will resonate with many children who have lost a parent or other loved one.  With its gentle text and soft palette, even though it is sad it is not gloomy because the love between this family oozes from the page and from that, the hope is tangible.”

The Bookseller
“a poignant story of bereavement, this is an excellent starting point for exploring emotions of grief and loss with young children.”

“We all think it’s lovely – the way in which death and grief is dealt with is gentle and not overpowering.”

1 review for The Fix-It Man

  1. 5 out of 5

    Losing someone or something precious to you can be heart wrenching. The Fix-It Man is a poignant look at how one young girl copes with her loss and the realisation that her fix-it man father needs help repairing himself, too. Nicky Johnston’s beautiful illustrations breathe heart and soul into this story, filling it with tenderness. Highly recommended for youngsters encountering difficult life situations and those around them, big and small, supporting and comforting them. The Fix-It Man helps normalize grief but also exudes joy, hope and love.

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The Fix-It Man team have so many events lined up this year that we couldn’t fit them on this page!
Head over to the EK Books event page to see when Dimity and Nicky will be in your area.

Missed out on attending the three official launches of The Fix-It Man? Catch up on all the action with this slideshow reel:

Sally-Anne McCormack, Melbourne-based Child & Adolescent Psychologist and author (

“The Fix-It Man is a story that reflects the challenges of losing a loved one, acknowledging that there is a pain which cannot be fixed, but also acknowledging that with love and support, a child can move forward after a major loss.  Many people avoid the topic of death, but in this book it is addressed respectfully and sensitively, and I believe that this will be a wonderful resource for those helping children deal with grief and loss.”

Deirdre Hanna, Founder and Board Director – Hopewell Hospice Services Inc. and Paradise Kids.

“Beautifully written and illustrated, The Fix-It Man is a valuable tool for educators, parents, schools and all parents. It shows metaphorically and symbolically that through persevering and getting on with ordinary life tasks, even through the harsh reality of loss, a deeper level of love and understanding can emerge. This is a wonderful book also to benefit men as role models for grieving children, as it shows that both task AND relationship are powerful healers in the grieving process.

Over the past twenty years Paradise Kids has helped children ‘heal the heartache’ through psycho-education about the grief process through art, story-telling, movement, music and literature. We are excited to add this deeply touching story to our resources to help grieving children heal.”