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Scribble to publish new Bell and Colpoys picture book

Scribble has acquired world rights to a new picture book collaboration by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys, the creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella.

Bell and Colpoys’ All the Ways to Be Smart is described by the publisher as a celebration of different types of intelligence. ‘The text encourages child readers to consider their everyday actions as both clever and valuable—particularly those like creative expression, performance and physicality that fall outside traditional measures of academic achievement,’ said the publisher.

The book is loosely based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and will be aimed at readers aged three and up, as well as ‘every child who’s looked around their classroom or living room and felt that, compared to a sibling or peer, they weren’t good at anything at all’.

Scribble acquired the rights from Pippa Masson at Curtis Brown. All the Ways to Be Smart will be published in October 2018.


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