List: Hansel and Girl Girl

Title of Picture Book: Hansel and Girl Girl

Author: Adrian Pang

Illustrator: Milenko Prvacki

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A retelling of the classic fairy tale with a Singaporean twist!
Hansel and Girl Girl lived with their father and stepmother in Ang Mo io. Their wicked stepmother always hoped they would get lost and never return. And one day, they really did not come home!
In this retelling of the classic fairy tale, award-winning theatre director Adrian Pang and world-renowned artists Milenko Prvacki combine their talents to create an entertaining Singapore-style story that young readers – and their parents – are sure to enjoy.

5 Keywords (other than themes): fairy tale

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Very so-so.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3181-6

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

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List: Where is Dan?

Title of Picture Book: Where is Dan?

Author: Lydia Lok

Illustrator: Joycelyn Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Singapore Story made fun! Dan the Pandan Leaf arrives on the sunny shores of Jua Island. As he explores this new place and discovers where he really is, Dan begins to find himself too.

5 Keywords (other than themes): teamwork, home, ingredient, diversity, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Distinctive illustrations.
Text cutting across a spread don’t work so well.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7756-6

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

List: Night in the Gardens

Title of Picture Book: Night in the Gardens

Author: J H Low

Illustrator: J H Low

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mei was afraid of the dark and unable to sleep. To help her overcome her fear, Adventurous Andy whisked her off on a magical tour of the city at night. Children will enjoy this fun rhyming story as they discover the beauty of Singapore’s skyline after dark, together with Mei, in this beautifully illustrated book.

5 Keywords (other than themes): gardens, kingfisher, fear, bedtime, dark

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Good book to talk about fear of the dark.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5142-1

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

List: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Title of Picture Book: Little Otter Goes Fishing

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore National Co-operative Federation

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Otter wants to catch his own food. But does he know where to begin. Find out how Little Otter larns to fish for himself and has some fun along the way.

5 Keywords (other than themes): learning, perseverance, sharing, mutual-help, self-help

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1858-9

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

List: Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie

Title of Picture Book: Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Various (see blurb)

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Can a clueless owl find a Tembusu tree to build his nest in? Will Froggie discover his talent in time for the talent show? Will tow unlikely friends, Dale and Timothy, find each other again? And, what surprising find awaits Millie and her friend at the top of the tree?

Little Backyard Tales of MacRitchie is a collection of short animal adventures in the heart of Singapore’s central Catchment Nature Reserve, which is home to an amazing diversity of life. Each forest tale was written by students of the Raffles Ecological Literacy programme to share with children the natural beauty that is MacRitchie.

5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, life cycles, reservoir, green, forest

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The 4 stories are interesting and colourfully illustrated with facts about the animals in the stories featured after each story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0359-2

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

List: Monster Day on Tabletop Hill

Title of Picture Book: Monster Day on Tabletop Hill

Author: Akiko Sueyoshi

Illustrator: David Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Forky is a lively fork boy who lives on Tabletop Hill. He loves playing with his friends at Sugar Cube Park. And that’s where they are one day, when the sudden sound of clanging bells make them all freeze with fear. On no, it’s Monster Day! Forky’s friends run home, but Forky’s wide-eyed curiosity leads him to discover a whole new circle of friends, who turns out to be not so scary after all.

5 Keywords (other than themes): monster, friendship, Japanese, fear, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The English text appears to be slightly wordy.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9354-2

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

List: The Junglies Collection

Title of Picture Book: The Junglies Collection

Author: Francois Keyser

Illustrator: Zantya Andrian

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

Publisher’s Blurb: “The Junglies Collection” combines the first five “Junglies” books into one beautifully illustrated children’s book.

The “Junglies” are about the adventures of five jungle animals and their game warden friend. The “Junglies” offer young readers enjoyable stories with lessons about teamwork, honesty and perspectives.

The stories also represent the theme “Unity in Diversity” neutrally using animals as opposed to people, and are a good platform to introduce the topic of endangered species.

Get to know “Aga” the tiger, “Kiki” the very naughty monkey, “Raff” the worried giraffe, “Elle” the calm elephant and “Abbit” the clever rabbit as you share their adventures.

5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, endangered, party, teamwork, diversity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting tales and a good way to talk about endangered animals too.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): http://www.francoiskeyser.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1811-1

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

List: Makan Tine!

Title of Picture Book: Makan Time!

Author: Sharon Ismail

Illustrator: Elieth Sardinas

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Whenever Sarah goes out with Grandpa, it is always Makan Time!

Join Sarah as she discovers local delicacies such as Nasi lemak, and Roti Prata with her grandfather. Set in a typical Singaporean setting, Sarah learns that it is good to try new foods and that it is alright if we like different things.

My Grandfather’s Magic Car is a bilingual (English-Malay) picture book series written for preschool readers. It includes a glossary and activities page at the end of the book to support comprehension and vocabulary building.

5 Keywords (other than themes): car, food, honesty, healthy eating, bilingual

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Colourful illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-7578-0

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

List: Salted Fish

Title of Picture Book: Salted Fish

Author: Yeo Wei Wei

Illustrator: Ye Shufang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Lynn is visiting the National Art Gallery for the first time with her favourite toy Cotton Bunny. Both of them notice a funny smell in one of the galleries. The smell seems to be coming from one of the paintings! Lynn and Cotton Bunny are about to embark on a journey that they will never forget, a journey where art, memory, and the present meet.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, artwork, gallery, painting, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the National Gallery Singapore, featuring a famous painting by Cheong Soo Pieng.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-6444-6

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

List: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Stacey accompanies her aunt to the Peranakan Museum, she does not realise what an adventure it’ll become.

Boy, is she in for a wonderful surprise …

5 Keywords (other than themes): culture, kebaya, imagination, history, museum

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the museum.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-80-7

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