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 much more. But what will a troubled father win from down the back of the chair?
Margaret Mahy (1936-2012)was the iconic children's author from New Zealand who wrote more than 200 books for children of all ages and is acknowledged to be one of the outstanding children's writers of the 20th century. In 2006 she was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is the highest international recognition granted to authors and illustrators of children's books. A two-time winner of the Carnegie Medal, several of her books have become modern classics. Her other picture books for Frances Lincoln include Dashing Dog, illustrated by Sarah Garland, and Down the Back of the Chair and Bubble Trouble, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar.
Polly Dunbar was born in Stratford upon Avon. Daughter of children's author Joyce Dunbar, she first started illustrating when she was 16 and has a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Her books for Frances Lincoln include Down the Back of the Chair, Measuring Angels, Looking After Louis, and Bubble Trouble. She lives in Brighton, Sussex, U.K.