All the ways to be smart

Written by Davina Bell

Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Look what arrived yesterday! The latest book by our favourite duo Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys! Ahh I can’t tell you how excited I was to find this on our doormat yesterday afternoon.


This beautifully written story celebrates all of the ways children can be smart. From painting patterns, being mermaids, sharing, caring to showing kindness when others are upset. This books celebrates childhood and how uniquely wonderful each child is. All the ways to be smart, like under the love umbrella, is written in rhyme and is a pleasure to read aloud.


As always, Allison Colpoys has excelled at bringing Davina’s beautiful words to life. There are unicorns, dragons, dinosaurs, pirates, astronauts, lions and mermaids to find in this book. Allison always chooses the most beautiful colour palettes. All the ways to be smart, the underwater fancy-dress parade and under the love umbrella all have a signature flash of neon orange. I just love the little details Allison adds to her illustrations such as neon orange stars on her astronaut’s trousers or tiny ants sealing sandwiches.


“Every hour of every day, we’re smart in our own special way” – a beautiful book celebrating children