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If All the World Were… Hardcover – 7 Jun 2018
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About the Author
Performance poet and playwright Joseph Coelho has written plays for the Polka Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, and the Unicorn Theatre. He performs his poetry shows with the U.K.'s top performance poetry organization, Apples and Snakes, visiting venues across the nation. His poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Green Glass Beads and The Works 6. He lives in Kent, U.K.
Allison Colpoys is an award-winning freelance book designer and illustrator. Her books include The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella. If All the World is her first book for Frances Lincoln Children's Books. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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When Winter arrives and we are greeted by that sudden loss, captured by Colpoys in a manner that mimics Burningham’s Granpa, we find the young girl instead chooses to retain and celebrate those memories by collecting them through her own words and pictures. This is a beautiful tale which would uplift any reader whether they have lost a grandparent or not but, what also struck me was how strongly the words and pictures encourage the reader to spend time with their grandparents now and build up a catalogue of memories which they can cherish.
The magic comes then in the freedom Colpoys has been given in capturing the moments woven by Coelho’s words. Full double-page spreads stroked with a rainbow of colours, vignettes which offer snapshots of the girl and grandfather together or her drawing and pondering go so well with Coelho’s words. Although Burningham’s Granpa remains seminal (read it and see the significance of the chair), there is no doubt that this book is more uplifting and celebratory. It gives time for grief but also asks the reader to remember those who have gone and find your own way of holding on to those memories.
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