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All the Ways to be Smart - Davina Bell

All the Ways to be Smart

By: Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 15th October 2018
ISBN: 9781925713435
Number Of Pages: 32

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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.

‘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

About the Author

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 Childrens 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 childrens book creators.

Davina lives and works in Melbourne, where she still dreams about the Western Australian beaches while drinking a lot of very good Melbourne coffee.

Industry 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

‘This book needs to be in the hands of every policy-maker in the sphere of Education, in every classroom, in every library, and in every home … This book is an utterly glorious call to celebrate your strengths and your own unique smarts.’ —Oh Creative Day

‘All The Ways to be Smart is the most beautiful, brilliant new picture book. Full stop. Charming illustrations in pretty, appealing colours? Check. Great rhyming text that is super fun to read aloud? Check. A wonderful message conveyed in a beautiful non-judgey way? Check. The book is a joyful celebration of childhood and all the different, unique ways to be smart.’—Courtney Adamo, Babyccino

Beautiful Book


The most beautiful message for all school aged children ❤️



A must read to every child


This book has a wonderful message, clever rhymes and beautiful illustrations. I can't recommend this book enough for parents of young children, especially before and during the early years of school.



Love the diversity


I love how this book celebrates all the physical, mental and non-gender specific ways that you can be smart. It shows that anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it.



Fabulous book for kids


Fabulous illustrations paired with an excellent message for kids.



Delightful and affirming


I work as a child psychologist, and one of the things I do with a lot of my little clients is spend time exploring the concept that there's more than one way to be smart. Just because they might struggle with spelling, maths, exams, or some other aspect of school, doesn't mean that they're dumb. We look at the things that they are good at, the things that they're proud of, get excited by, and flourish in. This book is that therapy session in the form of a vibrant hardcover book, and it is delightful. The rhyme is pitch perfect, making it easy to read aloud, and the children in the illustrations are a wonderfully diverse bunch, meaning that pretty much every child can find a character who looks like them at least a bit, and a way of being smart that they can point to and say, "I'm good at that". And the illustrations are beautiful - many would look great framed as prints on a bedroom wall! Highly recommended.



What a wonderful book!


Bought this book for my daughter and just love it! Sometimes books have a great concept but are poorly executed - not All the Ways to be Smart. Great rhyming, fantastic artwork, and a beautiful message to teach kids there is value in all their skills, not just academic ones tested at school.



All the Ways to be Smart

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ISBN: 9781925713435
ISBN-10: 1925713431
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 15th October 2018
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 22.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.41