List: Karang Guni Boy

Title of Picture Book: Karang Guni Boy

Author: Lorraine Tan

Illustrator: Eric Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ming loves to make things. But he doesn’t have any money to help him create his inventions. One day, hearing the ‘beep, beep, beep’ of the Karung Guni man’s car horn, he is inspired to make something out of the unwanted things he collects. So he asks his neighbours, who are only too happy to help. With a plan in mind and tools in hand, Ming surprises everyone with a wonderful creation that they can also use!

The Karang Guni man is a rag-and-bone man. “Karang Guni” is a Malay phrase for gunny sack. The practice of Karang Guni was common in Singapore but is a dying trade now.

5 Keywords (other than themes): maker, traditional job, recycling, problem solving, neighbours

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Eric’s illustration included interesting objects made from corrugated board – an inspiration in themselves.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-83-9

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