When I Coloured in the World


A child uses crayons to change the world, rubbing out the bad things and colouring it afresh to make it a kinder, more hopeful place. Boredom gives way to play, darkness to light, drought to rain, crying to laughter, and much more…


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Ahmadreza Ahmadi


Told with poetic simplicity, this book shows how creative imagination – through the use of colour and imagery – can change the world from bad to good.

With a box of coloured crayons and an eraser to rub things out, one child sets out to transform the world. By rubbing out ‘hunger’ and colouring in ‘wheat’, the world can be fed. By rubbing out ‘crying’ and colouring ‘laughter’, the world gets to sing, dance and be joyful.

An unusual and deceptively simple picture book that imagines a world without discrimination, poverty or inequality.

Additional information

Weight 174 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd
Publication date 31 January 2017
Number of pages 32
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 23.5 x 23.5 cm
Weight 174 g
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).