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All the Ways to Be Smart 

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.

‘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.’—Books+Publishing

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

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning book designer and illustrator, and a lover of pattern and typography.

The first book collaboration by Davina and Allison, The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade, won two Australian Book Designers Association (ABDA) awards, one Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), and the CBCA’s Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Their second book, Under the Love Umbrella, won two ABDA awards, including Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book, and was shortlisted for the ABIA award for Best Children’s Book from a Small Publisher.

WIN: Email for your chance to receive one of 10 advance copies of All the Ways to Be Smart.

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