Written by J.R. Poulter, published by Hachette 2008


A story of being broken and mended, of lives torn apart and then slowly healed.

A little girl loses her mother, and is left with only her grieving dad and her broken doll, Lucille. When they meet Chrissie, can she help to mend their hurt? A sensitive, evocative story of loss and love, told through a child's eyes.

The illustrations for Mending Lucille were done with oils on paper, with extensive use of collaged items, and torn and stitched textures. 

Simply told, beautifully illustrated, heartbreaking but never mawkish: this had me in tears.
— The NZ Listener, best books of 2008
In every possible way, this book is breathtaking.
— Pick of the Month starred review in Sydney's Child, Melbourne's Child, Perth's Child and Adelaide's Child magazines.

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Winner of the 2009 CBCA Crichton Award for best new illustrator