The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade
Written by Davina Bell
Illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Lovereading4kids Price £5.59
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The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade by Davina BellThe day 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.
'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.'
's Book Review This gorgeous picture book doesn't whack you over the head with its exploration of social anxiety, but considers a sensitive boy's feelings with empathy and subtlety ... The theme is beautifully explored and Allison Colpoys'
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for many young children, offering them comfort and relief when they need it most
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soft palette of grey, blue, white and peach
& Publishing '[A] gorgeous book ... discusses anxiety without either demonising it or fixing it with a magic wand ... sweet and tender and shiny... And any book with a penguin driving a bus is a-ok with me.
'A stunning, nature-inspired picture book on the dilemma of shyness.'
'Davina Bell and Allison Colpoy's beautifully designed picture book captures perfectly how it feels to be small and shy in a big brave world ... Anyone who knows or has been a shy child will empathise with Alfie's plight, and Bell's descriptions of his anxiety are realistic yet simple ... Exquisite ... A must-read.'
'Charming tale for any child who's less than confident about new things.'
'A gorgeous book, perfect for parents with a shy or sensitive child.'
'A distinctive and beautifully nuanced book about overcoming shyness and trying to be brave. Highly recommended.'
'Poignant ... A wonderful way to support children who feel scared about different experiences.'
About the Author
Interest Age: From 3
More books by Davina Bell
Scribble an imprint of Scribe Publications
14th January 2016
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