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The Very Best Invention in the Whole Wide World 

Shamisa Debroey



Lola is a bright girl with a mass of curls. She is studious and considers herself to be an exceptionally gifted inventor but,

despite her talents, she seems to be unable to help her little brother. Lander is sad, and try as she might Lola is unable to cheer him up.

Would an ancient T-rex make him perk up? Or a rhyming robot? Maybe a star from the farthest reaches of the universe?

When the answer turns out to be closer than expected Lola learns that it’s the little things that matter.

‘The Best Invention in the Whole Wide World’ is a lovely picture book about the importance of the little things in life, and the big things.’

Discover the English sample of 'The Best Invention in the Whole Wide World' at the bottom of this page. 

Check out the book trailer for Shamisa's
'The Very Best Invention in the Whole Wide World' below: 

‘Powerful story with stunning illustrations.The beautiful compositions take you into the colourful world of Shamisa Debroey. Highly recommended!’

Fatinha Ramos, Shamisa’s mentor


About the author

Shamisa Debroey graduated in 2011 from Sint Lukas Brussels with her first graphic novel ‘Verdwaald’, which was published by Oog&Blik/De Bezige Bij. The novel was well-received by Focus Knack, De Morgen and

De Standaard. Since then she has won the African Artist Award and the Up-and-coming-talent Award from deAuteurs. She is currently working as a freelance artist, curator and art organizer for clients including Apple, NRC Handelsblad, Vooruit and many more.

Shamisa developed both the story and illustrations for her first inclusive story, ‘The Very Best Invention in the Whole Wide World’, which was published in 2021.

Other Information

Title: The Very Best Invention in the Whole Wide World 

Author: Shamisa Debroey

Illustrations: Shamisa Debroey 

Print lenght: 40 pages 

Age: 3-5

Edition: Hardcover

Publication date: September 2022. 

Publisher: Horizon (Belgium)

Translation rights:  Daan van Straten

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