List: Brave Maeve

Title of Picture Book: Brave Maeve

Author: Joanne Poon

Illustrator: Liew Hooi Yin

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Maeve is a little girl who becomes very sick when a poisonous stone grows in her body. Her mummy and daddy bring her to special doctors who put good soldiers into her through secret tunnels to destroy the stone.

Maeve is very brave. She prepares for war with the stone and its bad soldiers. She fights the battle courageously.

Hurrah for Brave Maeve.

5 Keywords (other than themes): chemotherapy, lymphoma, cancer, hospital, health

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “This wonderful book is excellent in both words and illustrations. It will be very helpful to children and families, and cheer on many brave little kids going through similar battles.” – Dr Quah, Oncologist

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4189-43-9

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

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List: I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore!

Title of Picture Book: I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore!

Author: Lynn Lee

Illustrator: Phua San San

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

Publisher’s Blurb: mark has a bay sister, Mei Mei. One day, Mark gets so mad with her, he decided she doesn’t want Mei Mei anymore! That night, the children have an amazing adventure and Mark gets a chance to exchange Mei Mei for another baby. he picks different baby animals, but each is just not right. Will he find the perfect baby?

A delightful adventure if a little boy who comes to terms with his baby sister blues.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Sibling rivalry, imagination, animals, rockets, fun

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-06-2

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

List: I Can Do It

Title of Picture Book: I Can Do It

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studios

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): marshal Cavendish for Ministry of Education, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Paid the little parrot cannot speak well like the others. Will he give up or keep trying to speak better? Come join Padi on his learning journey.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perseverance, language, parrots, speaking, encouragement

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Illustration features iconic places in Singapore.

Although sponsored by bilingualism.sg, the review copy only had English text.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-8176-4

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

List: Why did the Pangolin Cross the Road?

Title of Picture Book: Why did the Pangolin Cross the Road

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Cheng Puay Koon

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore Zoological Gardens

Publisher’s Blurb: Kai and Mei stumble upon an injured Pangolin outside their school.

As the children help the poor animal to safety, it sparks off their interest in the Pangolin and why it risked its life to cross the road.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Endangered animal, forest, deforestation, zoo, go green

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Based on a true story, and with a nice twist in the end.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-6987-5

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

List: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Li Sicong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Max is a self-centred boy who dislikes the outdoors. One day, his parents bring him to the forest for a walk, where he finds himself separated from them and plunged into its very depths!

In order to be reunited with them, he has to complete a quest set for him by the Fairy of the Forest.

On this exciting quest, he meets many different plants and animals and he is shown the true beauty of nature. Join him on this exciting adventure and be part of the story yourself.

Created by students from Raffles Institution’s Ecological Literacy Programme. Authors: Gerald Tan Wei Hao, Russell Tan Pin Xue, Tee Yan Yie, Katherine Lee En Ying, Kenneth Tan Yan Han, Aaron Leow Chung Yong

5 Keywords (other than themes): Nature trail, plants, animals, go green, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Based on an actual nature trail in MacRitchie forest, this offers an interesting way to talk about local plants and animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9097-4

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

List: My Day

Title of Picture Book: My Day

Author: Lynette Thomas

Illustrator: Vincent Twardzik-Ching

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

Publisher’s Blurb: What can you see from your balcony, through your window and outside your gate?

Can you see … a school bus? the road sweeper? the karang guni man? What else happens in your day at home?

A book to stimulate conversation and language development in the preschool child.

5 Keywords (other than themes): neighbourhood, occupation, people, daily activities, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written in simple rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9173-1

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

List : Pip’s Garden

Title of Picture Book: Pip’s Garden

Author: Lorraine Tan

Illustrator: Lorraine Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pip is an ordinary boy who likes gardening. Unfortnately nothing ordinary ever grows in Pip’s garden.
Join Pip as he journeys across towers of bushes and pebble hills to discover that sometimes, being different may be the best gift one could ever have.

5 Keywords (other than themes): puns, plants, robots, gardening, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Fun play of words in the illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-38-3

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

List: The Great Dragon Warrior

Title of Picture Book: The Great Dragon Warrior

Author: Ng Swee San

Illustrator: Wen Dee Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Basmi’s dream of becoming a great warrior might finally come true: A mighty dragon is living in the cave right by him. Oh, the things he could learn from this hero. What a lesson for Basmi when the dragon warrior appears at last.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, telling the truth, bravery, helpful, caution

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A twist in this tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-1582-2

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

List: The School in the Glass City

Title of Picture Book: The School in the Glass City

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Brandon Chng

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish for Building and Construction Authority, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Alex is not just mean to his schoolmates Bucky and Gaia; he also doesn’t think twice about wasting natural resources! When things get out of hand, Greco and Beco decide to intervene. With the help of a little magic, they transport Alex forward in time, The Singapore of 2047 looks picture-perfect, but is it really? Follow Greco and Beco as they reveal the key to a sustainable future.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sustainability, environment, bully, waste, caring

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Personally think it is too didactic and not a very engaging story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4779-2-96

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

List: San’s Home

Title of Picture Book: San’s Home

Author: Chew Chia Shao Wei

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: San is in her spaceship! Lion is keeping her company. What will they see and do next?

The universe is almost, but not quite, bigger than imagination. Within it, we are sheltered by a place we call ‘home’. For San, home is right here in Singapore, but San is also a child of the universe.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, science, map, galaxy, neighbourhood

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful and simple way to present perspective and a sense of place.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4699-41-9

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