Down The Back Of The Chair

By Margaret Mahy
Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Join a riotous adventure when Dad sticks his hand down the back of the chair.

When Dad loses his car keys, toddler Mary suspects that they have ended up down the back of the chair so Dad begins to search. But what an odd assortment of objects are living down the back of the chair! This lively, eccentric poem is a visual explosion of fun and imagination, featuring dragons, pirates, treasure, lions, elephants and many more.

  • "It s Mahy at her finest, a joyful, irresistible mix of the everyday and fantastical." The Dominion Post.
  • The hilarious rhyming text and delightfully quirky illustrations will entice and astound a child's imagination.

About the author

Margaret Mahy has published over 200 children's titles and was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006. Twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, several of her titles have become modern classics.

About the illustrator

Polly Dunbar studied illustration at Brighton Art School, and now lives and works in London. She is the author and illustrator of "Flyaway Katie" and "Dog Blue", and has also illustrated "Shoe Baby" by her mother, Joyce Dunbar, and "Looking After Louis" by Lesley Ely.


"A cracker of a story. Based on Mahy’s poem of the same name, this is a fine example of language pitched at littlies who will be taken in by the interplay of words and images. The book’s design is outstanding with floating phrases and colours combining to create a rich experience…It is a superb read." The Canberra Times

ISBN: 9781845076023
Imprint: Frances Lincoln
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Dimensions: 241 x 280mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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