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All the Ways to be Smart

Written by Davina Bell

Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

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The third project from this dynamic partnership that celebrates the myriad talents that each child brings to the world. 

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All the Ways to be Smart Synopsis

Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes. Painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons... From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.

All the Ways to be Smart Press Reviews

`Every page of this book in joyous, imaginative and life-affirming ... All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.' -Louise Pfanner, bookseller and author/illustrator of the `Louise Builds ...' series, Books+Publishing

`The book, All the Ways to Be Smart, aims to teach children that there is more to being smart than reading to maths and encourages the pursuit of the arts.' -The Leader

`This book is funny and tender, exuberant and whimsical, and an absolute joy to pore over ... Colpoys' distinctive illustrations fizz with her trademark charm and vivacity; the colours burst out of the page with wild abandonment.' -Bronte Coates, Readings

`Joyful and vibrant ... Allison Colpoys' illustrations shimmer with movement and vivacity, with her loose-line illustrations and selective colour palette exuding a nostalgic retro charm. Children will want to pore over each page, while the seamless read-out-loud rhyming pattern will ensure this is a favourite for years to come.' -Kids' Book Review

`This collaboration between Davina Bell and Alison Colpoys is a celebration of what makes us us, of the strengths that we all have within ourselves - whether we're dreamers, adventurers, readers or artists ... The illustrations are whimsical and fun, with a beautiful colour palette.' -Noveltea Corner

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ISBN: 9781911617556
Publication date: 14/01/2019
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911617556
Publication date: 14th January 2019
Author: Davina Bell
Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers

About 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 ...

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