Janet Lord has written a charming picture book about kindly, white-bearded, overall-wearing Albert, who just happens to know how to fix whatever is broken. There is nothing more Albert likes to do than to give his neighbors a hand, and no job is too big or too small for the fix-it man. Wherever he's needed, Albert and his toolbox save the day.
One morning, Albert wakes up, and he "feels dizzy and his bones ache." He can barely talk. Poor Albert! What will happen now? Once all the townspeople find out that Albert doesn't feel well, they join together to bring the fix-it man food, tea, and lots of good cheer.
This book is written for children aged 4 to 8. It is such a great story about helping others and respecting people of all ages and professions that Mr. BFR and I spent an evening going over the story, looking at the wonderful illustrations, and talking about the various lessons in the book: be kind to others, try to fix things before throwing them away, be respectful, and look for ways to help.
The beautiful folk-art illustrations were drawn by Lord's sister, Julie Paschkis. The cover illustration gives you just a taste of the sweetness of the pictures. The colors are bright and the people's and animal's expressions are immediately engaging. Paschkis was interviewed by Seven Impossible Things last year; that post has examples of her work.
Janet Lord lives in Pennsylvania and graciously agreed to be interviewed by me as part of the Literary Road Trip project. So please be sure to stop back tomorrow to learn more about the book and the people who inspired it. You truly won't want to miss this chance to get to know Janet.
I don't normally review picture books, but I absolutely love this one. In fact, before I sat down to read it, I thought I would pass the book along to a niece or nephew or a neighbor, but Mr. BFR and I decided that we really wanted to keep it.
But lucky for you, Peachtree Publishers kindly gave me another copy so that I can host a giveaway. This giveaway is open internationally. I will pick a winner when I turn on my computer in the morning of August 27. Here's how to enter:
1 entry for leaving a comment saying you want the book and telling me what you would like Albert to fix in your house
1 entry for either tweeting about the giveaway or mentioning the giveaway on your blog and (leave comment with link)
3 entries for being a subscriber or becoming a new subscriber (mention in comment)
1 entry for leaving a comment on TOMORROW's post on this blog, letting Janet and me know what you liked best about our interview together
That's a total of 6 entries per person. Be sure to leave an e-mail address so I can contact you and tell you that you won!
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