List: Harry Straw Hat

Title of Picture Book: Harry Straw Hat

Author: Serene Wee

Illustrator: Conrad Raquel

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Scholastic Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: “It’s old and tatty. Shall we throw it away?”

Harry Straw Hat can hardly believe his ears. Was this his family talking – the family that once treasured him and now wants to throw him away?

Feeling unloved and unwanted, he begs Old Man Wind to whisk him away. The wind obliges, and suddenly Harry is up, sailing through the sky where he feels free!

But Old Boss Wind decides to change his mind and change the course of Harry’s life. Youngsters will delight in the gentle conclusion when Harry realises that home is where he belongs after all.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): communication, love, adventure, family, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written in rhymes. Author is from Singapore and illustrator from the Philippines.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-983-9604-09-2

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

List: Sarabelle’s Playful Puns

Title of Picture Book: Sarahbelle’s PLayful Puns

Author: Anastasia & Sarahbelle Tay

Illustrator: Elaine Loo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why is Daddy swimming in strawberry jam?
Why is mummy becoming an otter?
And why are the otters in this book wearing underwear?

Join Mummy and Sarahbelle in this heartwarming and tickling story in which the spirited girl amuses Mummy with her playful puns as they go about their day. Demonstrating that learning and speaking a language is fun and enjoyable, Sarahbelle finds out that words are powerful and can create different meanings.

5 Keywords (other than themes): word play, fun, puns, shopping, language

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to get readers into word play.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1895-1

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

List: Caring for the Elderly

Title of Picture Book: Caring for the Elderly with Singa and the Kindness Cubbies

Author: Sheri Tan

Illustrator: Sarah Lam

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Singa, a cheerful lion, and his cubbie friends, in their adventures. They learn about being loving and thinking of others, and so can you!
It’s Befriend An Elderly Day, but Sher is too busy to take care of her senior friend. She soon realises what she’s missing out on.


5 Keywords (other than themes): kindness, seniors, caring, problem solving, knitting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story is based on an episode from an animated series.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4668-93-4

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

List: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapre

Author: Fleur Vella-Chang

Illustrator: Fleur Vella-Chang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: What do the animals at the Singapore Zoo do on their day off? They meet foe tea at Raffles, of course.

Each illustration in this board book represents an important landmark or icon of Singapore. For example, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Bird Park, Shophouses in Joo Chiat, etc.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Singapore, animals, rhymes, friends, landmark

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Vibrant illustrations and simple rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-8566-0

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

List: The Hyena and the Monster

Title of Picture Book: The Hyena and the Monster

Author: J H Low

Illustrator: J H Low

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The tress in the jungle have mysteriously disappeared! Does the legendary monster really exist? Four Tooth the hyena rushes to warn his friends, but they do not believe him. He then decides to teach them a lesson. Just when he thinks his plan worked, Four Tooth finds himself in danger! Will his friends help him or is this the end of Four Tooth?

Inspired by the Chinese idiom, 狐假虎威(hu jia hu wei), this entertaining story highlights essential lessons about friendship and will delight readers of all ages.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, Chinese idiom, friendship, courage, forgiving

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An entertaining story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4721-69-1

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

List: Stacey goes to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Stacey dives into the exhibits at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and learns secrets from the past. Join her on her latest magical adventures.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Raffles, bear, snail, imagination, nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): There is an imaginative twist that makes the history of the museum in an interesting way.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4668-67-5

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

List: The Great Hospital Adventure in Space

Title of Picture Book: The Great Hospital Adventure in Space

Author: Serene Ng

Illustrator: Serene Ng

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Dinoboy is scared of going to the hospital. He does not want Mum and Dad to leave. But he soon discovers there is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, an adventure awaits …

5 Keywords (other than themes): doctor, health, hospital, courage, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative tale to talk about visits to the hospital.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 979-981-17-0082-8

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

List: A Blue Cat’s Tale

Title of Picture Book: A Blue Cat’s Tale

Author: Sangeetha Madhavan

Illustrator: Michelle Chang

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Straits Time Press, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Mas has just moved to a new home, but all the other cats are farid of him because he’s blue! Follow Max around his new neighbourhood as he tried to find a friend.

5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, cats, neighbours, travel, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story of friendship with unique illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-04-8

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

List: The Crane and the Crab

Title of Picture Book: The Crane and the Crab

Author: SR Nathan

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A long, long time ago in a kampong there was a ponf with plenty of fish.

But the pond soon began to dry up, and a watchful and greedy crane had an idea: He would fool the fish into thinking that he would take them to a large, sparkling lake. In the meantime, a crab who had been watching the crane had plans of his own …

Former Singapore President SR Nathan’s retelling of this wonderful folktale has a timeless message that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, deception, vigilance, president, fable

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple folktale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3509-6

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

 

List: I Have Constipation!

Title of Picture Book: Chicken Cha Cha – I Have Constipation!

Author: Anna Phang

Illustrator: Debbi P.

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Chicken Cha Cha is unwell, to be precise, he is suffering from constipation! Sofie and Fi Fi brainstorm ways to help solve his embarrassing problem. What creative ways can you come up with?

From author Anna Phang and illustrator Debbi P., comes this effervescent character – Chicken Cha Cha. The story is told using catchy dialogues and lively illustrations – perfect for reading aloud and role-playing.

Prepare to fall love with these adorable characters as they brave through a series of adventures with their ingenious ideas.

5 Keywords (other than themes): health, toilet, cute, witty, diet

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The illustration are cute and attractive, making this a good conversation starter about having a healthy lifestyle.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7689-3

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