The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade

The day before the underwater fancy-dress parade, Alfie got that feeling …

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Publisher notes

  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
    ISBN: 9781925106206
    Format (h x w): 255mm x 210mm HB
    Extent: 32pp
    RRP: AUD $24.99|NZD $30.00
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: China, Bulgaria, France (Éditions Sarbacane), Italy (Mondadori)

  • Publication date: 12/3/2015
    ISBN: 9781925106206
    Format (h x w): 255mm x 210mm HB
    Extent: 32pp
    RRP: GBP £12.99
    Rights held: World
    Rights sold: China, Bulgaria, France (Éditions Sarbacane), Italy (Mondadori)


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.

Scribble Feelings Pack

Together with UK education agency Shapes for Schools, Scribble has developed an RSE resource pack for KS1/KS2 teachers, aimed at developing emotional literacy. The pack, suitable for ages 6–8, is based around books by Allison Colpoys and Davina Bell, including All the Ways to be Smart, Under the Love Umbrella, and The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade.

The pack is divided into four parts. The first is a pre-reading resource, and the following three each correspond to one of the books in the series. Between games, drawing exercises, group activities and questions, the resource helps children to identifying feelings, understand anxiety, express love and celebrate our differences.

Download the resource pack.


Readings ‘Top 10 Picture Books’ 2015


‘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!’
– Picture Books Blogger

‘This book will help articulate ‘that feeling’ for many young children, offering them comfort and relief when they need it most.’
—Early Years Educator

‘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.’
—Book Trust’s March 2015 ‘Books We Like’


‘Delightful … a beautiful object to hold in your hands and enjoy.’
– Magpie That


‘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.’
—Kids’ 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’ illustrations perfectly capture his vulnerability.’
—Alexa Dretzke, Readings