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If All the World Were...

Written by Joseph Coelho

Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

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If All the World Were... Review

Debuts of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers

Beautiful Inclusive images and a lyrical poem about coming to terms with missing someone which will be gently reassuring

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

June 2018 Debut of the Month | Joseph Coelho dedicates this lovely picture book to ‘everyone who misses someone’ and it’s particularly apposite for any child who has recently lost a grandparent. The story is narrated by a little girl who describes happy times with her grandad, ordinary everyday experiences interspersed with vivid metaphor, ‘if all the world were deep space, I’d orbit my grandad like the moon and our laughs would be shooting stars’. As the story continues, it’s clear Grandad has died, but writing down her memories ensures he will always be with her. Joseph Coelho is a fine poet and this is a joy to read aloud; Allison Colpoy’s illustrations make it beautiful to look at too and it deserves a place in every child’s collection. 

Andrea Reece

If All the World Were... Synopsis

A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl's love for her granddad and how she copes when he dies, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho. This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly children who have lost a grandparent.

If All the World Were... Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our LoveReading4Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edith and Cecilia, ages 5 & 2.5 - 'My girls are lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents alive and well but this book handles a tricky subject well and with beautiful illustrations.'
  • Abidah & Amatullah Khatun, ages 2 and 8 - 'A memorable book explaining the death of a loved one.'
  • Abbie Collings, age 6 - 'A lovely book about the things a girl does with her grandad over the seasons and the memories they create together.'
  • Jack Radford, Age 6 - 'A sensitive and beautiful book. A comforting way to approach the loss of a loved one, but also a heartwarming story in its own right. Jack asked to read it again and again.'

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ISBN: 9781786036513
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781786030597
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786030597
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Author: Joseph Coelho
Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Joseph Coelho

JOSEPH COELHO is a performance poet and playwright. He has written plays for the Polka Theatre, the Lyric, Hammersmith, and the Unicorn Theatre. He performs his poetry shows with the UK's top performance poetry organisation, Apples and Snakes, visiting venues across the UK. Joseph's poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Green Glass Beads by Jacqueline Wilson and The Works 6, edited by Pie Corbett, but Werewolf Club is his first solo collection. He lives in Folkestone, Kent.

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