Take Off Your Brave: The World through the Eyes of a Preschool Poet

Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Age 4+


A very special collection of poems by a four-year-old author, 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, home time and cuddles with Mum. They make for joyful reading and, paired with 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!


Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning illustrator with a love of inks, paints and watercolours. Her debut picture book Time for Bed, Fred! won The New York Times' Best Illustrated Book Award and the V&A Best Illustrated Book Award, and her previous books for Walker include the Kiki & Bobo series and Would You Like a Banana?


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.


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

A moment of much needed mindfulness in a poetry compendium for all ages. Illustrated exquisitely by Yasmeen Ismail.


Nadim offers a moving and eloquent child’s-eye view of the world in an enchanting, evocative and gloriously illustrated collection of poems on subjects close to the hearts of very young children.

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