Under the Love Umbrella
Davina Bell, with illustrations by Allison Colpoys
Do you need to shelter Under the Love Umbrella? Maybe it’s ‘ in the deepest dark‘ or ‘when friends won’t share‘. Perhaps it’s when you’re feeling shy, or scared of new experiences. It could be a day ‘when you need super glue’ or have a ‘bad dream/ lost tooth/ smashed toy/ big worry‘… all of it disappears in a big old flurry/ Under the love umbrella.’
Davina Bell offers a glorious selection of situations and worries and draws us into the comfort of her words. They’re elaborated upon perfectly by the ingenuity of Allison Colpoys’ pictures. We seek out the umbrella shapes. Somehow, the neon palette she uses against the black and white backgrounds, is inclusive, fresh and encouraging. She was similarly empathetic in If all the world were…
This beautiful picture book is ideal for home and school, but deserves a wide readership.
Australian Book Designers’ Association Awards Best Designed Illustrated book; Winner Australian Book Industry Award, Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year; Winner Designer’s Choice Children’s/Young Adult Cover of the Year