All the Ways to be Smart

From the award-winning creators of Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.

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About the book

Publisher notes

  • Publication date: 15/10/2018
    ISBN: 9781925713435
    Format (h x w): 280mm x 215mm HB
    Extent: 32pp
    RRP: AUD $24.99|NZD $30.00
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: France (Éditions Sarbacane)

  • Publication date: 14/02/2019
    ISBN: 9781911617556
    Format (h x w): 280mm x 215mm HB
    Extent: 32pp
    RRP: £11.99
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: France (Éditions Sarbacane)

Description

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.

Reviews

‘Back with gusto is Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys, the third pairing of this powerhouse duo – producing what is in my mind a perfect picture book. Yep. I said it! With galloping rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, we leap through a landscape of creativity and kindness, cleverness and composure. ALL the ways to be smart. It’s a celebration of learning and play and learning through play.’
@wordsandillustrations

‘A perfect picture book.’
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Reviews

‘Every page of this book is joyous, imaginative and life-affirming. Written in rhyming text that does not falter, it’s great fun to read aloud, and would merit many re-readings and further discussions between adults and children. Colpoys’ distinctive illustrations are perfectly matched to the text. They are playful and full of movement and vivacity, with a sophisticated palette of green, apricot, blue and black that imparts a charming retro aesthetic, while still feeling contemporary in tone and content. All the Ways to be Smart is a celebration of what childhood can be, and it will likely become a classic.’ (4.5/5 stars)
–Louise Pfanner, Books+Publishing

All the Ways to be Smart is a great book for nurturing a child’s confidence, and those who feel different from their friends will be reassured by the book’s varied descriptions of what makes someone smart. Colpoys’ distinctive illustrations fizz with her trademark charm and vivacity.’
–Bronte Coats, Readings Monthly

Allison Colpoys’ illustrations shimmer with vibrancy; her loose-line illustrations and selective colour palette exuding a nostalgic 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.
–Penny Harrison, Kids’ Book Review