The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell
  

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade

Written by Davina Bell
Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

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Synopsis

The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell

The night before the underwater fancy-dress parade, Alfie got that feeling ...Sometimes it's hard to be brave. Sometimes you get that feeling. Sometimes you're just not ready ...until, one day, you are. From a dynamic new picture-book partnership comes the story of Alfie and a big octopus wearing a tiny hat and the things you can only whisper to the cowboys on your wallpaper.

Reviews

'A simple palette makes for a stunning visual effect in this gentle story of one little boy's anxiety. Beautiful illustrations and a clear and sensitive text keep the message simple ... A useful book for children who suffer with anxiety or shyness, but the gorgeous style will appeal to those with artistic eyes too.'

's March 2015 'Books We Like' 'Beautifully-written and sensitive, there's not a scrap of schmaltz in this book about the anxiety that plagues some children ... The tenderness in this story is divinely balanced with gentle pops of fluorescent colour on soft grey pages ... A considered, charming and important book for anyone struggling with throwing themselves into the vast ocean of modern day society.'

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illustrations perfectly capture his vulnerability

'This beautifully packaged book, embossed with shimmering detail and pops of colour will undoubtedly resonate with any of us who have ever been the tiniest bit scared about anything!'

'Delightful ... a beautiful object to hold in your hands and enjoy.'

'This book will help articulate that feeling for many young children, offering them comfort and relief when they need it most.'

'In her gorgeous retro style illustrations executed with limited colour, Allison Colpoys conveys Alfie's fearfulness beautifully and the tale is sympathetically and convincingly told ... a demonstration of both the artist's and author's understanding of how young children try to cope with shyness/introversion.'

'A completely charming, beautifully illustrated picture book about fitting in.'

'Beguiling and breath-taking The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys deserves a place on everyone's bookshelf ... A story which will strike a tear-jerking chord with anyone who has ever been a little bit worried about anything. Beautifully designed this book with its carefully curated pallet and glimmering embellishments is a complete treasure.'

'Immensely identifiable ... A touching and reassuring book which understands the way children think, normalising shyness and showing how it can be overcome with a little bit of time, understanding and encouragement ... A very beautiful book ... Required reading for children prone to shyness.'

'April Book Club' 'Davina Bell approaches the sensitive issue of anxiety in children with subtlety, her words matched by the elegance of Allison Colpoys'

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About the Author

Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer from Western Australia. She is the author of the award-winning picture book The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade (illustrated by Allison Colpoys), which won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Children's Book from a Small Publisher, as well as the Alice books in the best-selling Our Australian Girl series. For six years she was a Senior Editor at Penguin Books in the Young Readers Division, where she worked with some of our country's most beloved children's book creators. Davina lives and works in Melbourne, where she still dreams about the Western Australian beaches while drinking a lot of very good Melbourne coffee.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 5

Author

Davina Bell
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Publisher

Scribe Publications
scribepublications.co.uk

Publication date

12th March 2015

ISBN

9781925106206


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