Take Off Your Brave: Poems Just for You

By Nadim

Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

A very special collection of poems by a four-year-old author, introduced by Kate Clanchy and illustrated with wit and whimsy by Yasmeen Ismail.

Everybody has love. Even baddies. The poems in this book beautifully capture how a four-year-old sees the world – a world of rainbows, glitter and magical boxes; a world of nursery, hometime and cuddles with Mum. They make for joyful reading and, paired with a foreword from poet and teacher Kate Clanchy, and wonderful pictures by Yasmeen Ismail, are an invitation for young readers to join in the fun... By turns funny and charming, gentle and zany, Take Off Your Brave shows that poetry is for everyone – no matter how little you are!

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406399707
  • Published: 06 May 2021
  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: 250 x 195 mm
  • Pages: 40

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    Customer reviews


    'Absolutely loved this book! My 4 year old really enjoyed the poems and it is really amazing that were created by a child's thoughts. The illustrations are beautiful and it is a lovely book to share. It is inspiring and I love the beauty of a child's perspective of his or her world. Will try creating a poem with my boys!' Toppsta

    'This is a lovely “keepsake” book. The concept and idea, that brings the book together, is sweet and encouraging. My daughter is four so upon reading it made me think of how she would describe her day to day feelings and experiences. It really inspires you to want to write them down and create something special. For me, the illustrations really make this book and bring Nadim, his sister and nursery classes words to life. It is a real joy to see things through the eyes of a young child and for children it offers them a level to relate to.' Toppsta

    'An enchanting anthology of poems for very young children, Take Off Your Brave features words by four-year-old Nadim and gorgeous illustrations by Yasmeen Ismail, with a foreword from Kate Clanchy. Nadim’s poems distil the intense bubbly feelings and unexpected sideways leaps of a young child’s imagination, while Ismail’s illustrations draw the reader effortlessly into his colourful, expressive world.' The Guardian

    'The poems are fantastic because they share the world of a 4-year-old. They also beautifully demonstrate how our reflections can be poetry. Yasmeen Ismail’s illustrations are wonderful, evocative, fun and colourful.' Juno

    'I was blown away by these poems by Nadim... They deal with all kinds of subjects and emotions dear to this young child’s heart, from having to leave his old teacher, Miss Angela, to being on a train, and what coming home feels like… It’s a pleasure to read and the illustrations by Irish artist Yasmeen Ismail capture the joy and wonder of childhood perfectly. A real gem.' The Irish Independent

    'Four-year-old Nadim gives an eloquent child’s-eye view of the world in Take Off Your Brave, an evocative collection of poems on subjects close to a child’s heart.' Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Mirror NI, Irish Daily Mirror and Scottish Daily Express

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