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Ahmadreza Ahmadi

When I Colored in the World


With a box of colored crayons and an eraser to rub things out, one child sets out to transform the world. By rubbing out 'hunger' and coloring in 'wheat', the world can be fed. By rubbing out 'crying' and coloring 'laughter', the world gets to sing, dance and be joyful. Told with poetic simplicity, this book shows how creative imagination - through the use of color and imagery - can change the world from bad to good. An unusual and deceptively simple picture book that imagines a world without discrimination, poverty or inequality.


About the Author
Ahmadreza Ahmadi is one of the greatest Iranian contemporary poets. He has written numerous children's stories, some of which have won major literary awards in Iran. In 2010 he was among the five shortlisted nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen award. His books for Tiny Owl also include Alive Again (2015). Ehsan Abdollahi is an illustrator and animator from Iran. He teaches at Tehran Art University. Ehsan is inspired by the environment and fabrics of South Iran (where he was born), and uses bold colours and rich patterns in his illustrations.