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When I Coloured-in the World
When I Coloured-in the World

When I Coloured-in the World

Our first bestseller in April was When I Coloured-in the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi.


A Summery Of the book: 

This is a book of profound simplicity. A child uses crayons to colour and change the world, making it kinder, more hopeful place. Boredom gives way to play, darkness to light, drought to rain, crying to laughter, and much more. A beautiful book with a sparse poetic text, but a deep and positive message.


A Bottle of Happiness, another title by this illustrator (written by Pippa Goodhart) is coming out in October 2016 by Tiny Owl.

More to read about this book: 

  • When I Coloured In the World selected among the best children’s books in 2015 by the Guardian. Link
  • Read lovely words by Jackie Morris about this book. Link
  • Poetic side of Tiny Owl publishing. A blog post. Link
  • How would you colour the world. A blog post. Link
  • A review by Jill Bennett. Link
  • A day full of love, music and colour. reporting a lovely event. Link
  • The importance of introducing diversity to children. Link
  • Simple concept with a profound message. Link
  • Introducing global children’s literature. An article in Global Dimension. Link
  • Tiny Owl’s highlights in 2015. Link
  • Poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. A blog Post. Link
  • Artistic illustrations build an ever lasting image to a child. A blog Post. Link
  • A life lesson through a story. A blog post. Link
  • Inspirational illustrations. Link



The Little Black Fish
The Little Black Fish

The Little Black Fish

The second bestseller ,like last month, was The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi and illustrated by: Farshid Mesghali, the Hans Christian Andersen Award winner.


A summery of the book:

Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and a determination to find answers to them. While his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river which will show him much more of the world. He meets wonders and adventures, dangers and beauty. He makes it all the way to the sea, and finds his answers. Even though he doesn’t survive to tell his own story, here it is being told to another generation, and the inspiration of it is passed on.


More to read about this book:

  • A wonderful gallery of this book in the Guardian. Link
  • An introduction by David Almond in the Guardian. Link
  • The Little Black Fish selected among the best children’s books of the year by the Guardian. Link
  • Two days with you at South London Gallery. A blog post. Link
  • There is still room for quality. An interview with Chris McLauren. Link
  • A gift that lasts a life time. A blog post. link
  • Artistic illustrations build an everlasting image to a child. A blog post. Link
  • Summer holiday reads. A blog post. Link
  • The Guardian focuses on the classics that never translated into English. An article. Link
  • Tiny Owl’s highlights in 2015. Link
  • An introduction by Voice of America (in Persian). Link
  • The Little Black Fish comes first in David Cadji’s top ten children’s books in the Guardian. Link
  • A review by clpe. Link
  • A nice review by: Playing with the book. Link
  • The Little Black Fish and The Clever Mouse are the first set of Tiny Owl Publishing in Waterstones’ selves. Link
  • A review by Found in Translation. Link
  • A report by BBC Persian. Link
  • A review by The Pirate Tree. Link
  • A review by Outside in World. Link
  • An article about this book in Shargh. Link
  • A review by Armadilo. Link
  • Kind words about this book by Jackie Morris. Link


The Orange House
The Orange House

The Orange House

And The third was The Orange House created by Nahid Kazemi.


A summery of this book:

The small Orange House stands at the end of the alley, feeling sad and left out as all the nearby tall buildings admire another new building being built. Her old stone stairs and pipes are no match for the new building’s elevator and brand new pipes that they say will never burst.

Feeling she has no place in the world anymore, the Orange House finds surprising new friends as the workmen advance towards her with their shovels and picks.

Alive Again is another title illustrated by Nahid Kazemi (written by Ahmadreza Ahmadi).

More To Read about The Orange House:
  • A great stimulus to art and geography lessons. Link
  • A review of this book by Jill Bennett, here.
  • An interview with Nahid Kazemi, illustrator & author of this book, here.
  • A review by Parents in Touch, here.
  • A review by Read it Daddy. here.
  • A review by Let Them Be Small, here.


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