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Under the Love Umbrella


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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, which won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Children's Book from a Small Publisher, and Under the Love Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the same award in 2018 (both illustrated by Allison Colpoys). She is also author of 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 children's 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. Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Associate Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were... and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and an Australian Book Industry Award. As a freelancer, Allison is represented by the Jacky Winter Group.


`Captivating neon illustrations add even more charm to this already delightful story. Under the Love Umbrella reminds children that comfort and love is ever-present, even when you are not near your family.'

* Evening Standard *

`The enduring love between parent and child is celebrated in distinctive, vintage-inspired style.'

* The Bookseller *

`Bright, expressive and featuring joyfully diverse illustration throughout, Under the Love Umbrella provides poetic reassurance that whatever happens, children will be protected and loved. Perfect for sharing at bedtime with cuddles.'

* BookTrust *

`A truly beautiful book.'

* The Sun *

`A truly charming book little ones will adore.'

* Little London *

`This brightly illustrated picture book is a celebration of the enduring love that surrounds your children, wherever they are in the world. The families we meet represent the wonderful diversity that make our world what it is and show that there is nothing to fear from differences. It is also a reminder to children that love is around them, especially in times of worry or fear. This book is suitable for new parents and babies, as well as for children embarking on big changes and adventures, who may benefit from this lovely reminder of the permanence of love. A beautiful message to share with young children.'

* Lovereading4kids *

`The illustrations are very bright and I like that they embrace a diverse range of families and relationships ... I think we should all remember that we have a "love umbrella".'

* Juno *

`A gorgeous book about the transformative power of family love in all its forms. Written in rhyming couplets, it reassures children that they are protected by an `umbrella' of love wherever they go in the world and whatever they encounter ... a truly beautiful book.'

* The Sun *

`A meditation on parental love in all its forms, brought to life by a joyful neon palette.'

* The Bookseller *

`I love it! I didn't like anything the best - it's all good. I like the illustrations. They are cool. I like the page with the umbrella made out of stars.'

-- Benjamin (aged 5) * Anorak *

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