List: Ten Little Bunnies Go to Town

Ten Little Bunnies CoverTitle: Ten Little Bunnies Go to Town – A Cautionary Tale about Road Safety and the Best-Laid Plans

Author: Tan Su Linn

Illustrator: Tan Su Linn

Publisher and Country: Partridge Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s a fine day to head to town, or so our bunnies thought. After all, what could go wrong? Find out if they make it, as they navigate nasty bumps, rabbit impulses, and other surprises along the way.
Their eventful and sometimes darkly funny experiences offer readers practice counting down from ten to zero; they also hold a lesson (or ten!) for all adults or kids who ever imagined they had their journey well in hand.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Humour, Surprises, Misadventures, Rabbits, Numbers

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A wry cautionary tale about road safety and the best-laid plans, this irreverent book follows 10 bunnies who board a bus to town. Their eventful journey is an apt analogy for life, and shows readers how to meet the unexpected with a good dose of humour and stoicism.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tansulinn.com

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-4828-7949-6

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tan Su Linn

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List: Sweaty Yeti

Screenshot_2017-04-28-08-42-07-605Title of Picture Book: Sweaty Yeti

Author: Pietra Nina Hamdani

Illustrator: Lyly Young

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): m.i.books, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: When a lonely yeti wandered into a human town, everyone was thrilled to welcome him. Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t last long because something weird happened to Yeti and it turned the city upside down. Would the people still offer Yeti their friendship, or send him away?

5 Keywords (other than themes): monster , mountain, Yeti, imagination, snow

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This book is written by a young girl, Nina when she was 6. Hope this can be an inspiration to many children to write their own stories.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1539167755/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493342993&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=sweaty+yeti&dpPl=1&dpID=51e-j1hcWrL

ISBN Number (if available): 987-1539167754

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Lyly Young

List: A Boar at My Door

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 45 PMTitle of Picture Book: A Boar at My Door

Author: Keith Wo, Alicia Le, Lim Xue Xian, Tag Wan Yi, Chiu Guan Ru

Illustrator: Cha Da Eun

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Institution, Singpaore

Publisher’s Blurb: “It has to go. It is a wild boar after all.”
Join Billy, a little wild boar, on an exciting adventure after he ends up lost and alone in an unfortunate turn of events.
Journey with him as he tried to find his family, meeting awesome new friends and also a fearsome foe along his way.
Will Billy ever reunite with his missing family and find a home where he truly belongs?

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Ecology, Pet, Animal, Family, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A most commendable effort by young authors and illustrator. The collaged illustrations are delightful, and can inspire young readers to create something similar. A good way to spark an interest in conservation and how we should treat wild animals.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4454-4

List: Liam, the Brave

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 14 PMTitle of Picture Book: Liam, the Brave

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Simon Koay

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish Children, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Liam, the Brave is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear: butterflies. Liam desperately wants to become The Bravest Boy in the World, and he goes through an extraordinary journey of self-discovery to face and overcome his fear. Beyond simply being a story about a boy with an irrational fear, it is also a story about perseverance and how accolades don’t matter. What is most important is being true to oneself.

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Fear, Butterfly, School, Nature, Winning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story deals with a topic that deserves conversations about – fear. While the story is not presented in the most exciting manner, Liam’s methodological way to overcoming his fear is interesting and would make a good talking point, as would the end of the story.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5129-2

List: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Photo 25-4-17, 1 49 11 PMTitle of Picture Book: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Laura Liberatore

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: A music school for “birds only” is having a concert where its performers will be able to develop their potential further.
Elvis the frog dreams of singing at this important event. But can he ever be accepted?
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5 Keywords (not including themes): Dreams, School, Diversity, Birds, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written to illustrate one article in the Rights of the Child, it is a good story about diversity, acceptance and talents. Also good for talking about school, and nature reserves (Sungei Buloh). It can be fun imagining what the concert sounded like. E-book available.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5381-8

List: The Mango Tree

Photo 25-4-17, 1 48 17 PMTitle of Picture Book: The Mango Tree

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Idris Ali

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Helang Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Everything has a story, even the knotted tree. Besides bearing fruits and providing shade, what is so unique about the mango tree? Why does it have a special place in a little girl’s heart?
The Mango Tree is a touching story of family relationship, appreciation for nature, and a rooted sense of identity that transcends through time and space.
Photo 25-4-17, 1 48 51 PM5 Keywords (not including themes): History, Heritage, Malay, Nature, Environment

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Through a unique and personal biography, we learn about traditions and also the need to treasure nature and the environment. A good springboard for talking about family too. Some Malay words are also introduced.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5134-0

List: Pittodrie Pirates – What’s a Blue Furry?

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Title: Pittodrie Pirates: What’s a Blue Furry? (Book 1)

Author: Lynette Morrison

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Amour Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: The young pirates of Pittodrie love to sing, dance, play and make friends. In the first book of their travels, they sail to the mysterious Glenelg Island and meet the delightful Blue Furry and the ominous Purple Spike. But are these creatures really what they seem? Find out with your children in this new series of courage, friendship and adventure.

Brief Review: This is the 1st book of 4 books where it takes the reader on an fun filled adventure with 5 pirates siblings in the islands near their home. The adventures sparkle imaginative play amongst the children.

5 Key Words: Courage, Pirates, Songs, Siblings, Mission

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4413-69-5

Submitted by: Jo Chia

List: The Missing Mouse

 

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Author: Melissa Viswani

Illustrator: Darel Seow

Publisher: Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ganesha and his magical mouse are best friends. But one day, Mr Mouse goes missing! What will Ganesha do?

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Quick Review: A delightful introduction to artefacts from India, Malaysia, China, and Indonesia which can be found in the Asian Civilisation Museum.

5 Key Words: Friends, History, Food, Asia, Museum

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-09-5198-6

List: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same

 

Photo 22-4-17, 4 57 08 PMTitle: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same

Author: Eve Aw

Illustrator: Yunroo

Publisher: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s time for our yearly reunion dinner with Grandma. We love Grandma but oh dear! Is she going to ask those same questions again? It can be rather tiring to answer them every year. But maybe, the answers are not really that important to Grandma after all …

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Quick Review: A lovely story about family, traditions and changes as we grow. While the story is about Lunar New Year reunions, the illustrations by Yunroo adds whimsy and delight.

5 Key Words: Growing Up, Traditions, Food, Sibling, Hobbies

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4655-39-2

List: Fatimah and Her Magic Socks

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Title: Fatimah and Her Magic Socks

Author: Zizi Azah Abdul Majid

Illustrator: Izmir Ickbal

Publisher: Candid Kids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: One rainy Sunday afternoon, Fatimah was at home feeling bored. But just when she thought it was going to be just another ordinary day, she met with a mysterious and magical lion which took her on a great adventure! In this newly discovered world of fun and magic, she stumbled upon a very grumpy, angry man. What ever would Fatimah say to this grouch?

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Quick Review: Using colourful and mismatching pair of socks, the story  deals with happiness and conformity. Where rhymes are used, they were delightful.

5 Key Words: Clothing, Socks, Colours, Imagination, Dance

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-08-2363-4