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When I Coloured in the World gives children a wonderful creative agency!

When I Coloured in the World is a brave children’s book!

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We’re delighted that When I Coloured in the World featured in the Guardian as a top picture book for bringing imagination into your home! Check out what they had to say below!


When I Coloured in the World

by Ahmadreza Ahmadi, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi

Ahmadi’s tale of a child who is given a box of crayons and an eraser, then decides to erase the world’s ills and replace them with beauty and peace, is a slow-moving, beautifully illustrated, poetic story of child empowerment. “Despair” is rubbed out and replaced in yellow crayon by the word “hope”. “Boredom” needs a blue crayon to replace it with “playing”. It’s a brave children’s book that mentions words including war, illness and hunger, but When I Coloured in the World is a book for children who know more about the world than we usually give them credit for, and gives them a wonderful creative agency to make it better. With crayons.


  • This book was among the best children’s books of 2015 by the Guardian. Link
  • review by English Association: Endless possibilities for children to create their own worlds of hope
  • ًRead a review by Letterbox Library: When I Coloured in the World shows the power of the pen!
  • A review by Jill Bennett. Link

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