The Naughty Mynah

Title of Picture Book: The Naughty Mynah

Author: Evelyn Sue Wong

Illustrator: Tee Sieok Bing

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Paul Jones, a visiting art teacher who has just arrived in Singapore befriends a clever mynah that can speak English and Mandarin. Agreeing to help Mr Jones learn Mandarin, the mynah accompanies him yo surprise his students on the first day of school. The mynah soon learns from the students and Mr Jones that it is too clever for its own good. Or does it?

This engaging story helps young readers develop an appreciation for the diverse language environment they live in. Through the basic concept of “translating” and “opposites”, readers are encouraged to think about the role and importance of bilingualism in their daily lives. A bilingual glossary is provided at the time of the book for easy reference.

Translation into Chinese by Tan Dan Feng.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, friends, nature

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, bird, school, jokes, opposites

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The jokes are best appreciated when one is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0338-1

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

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Mulan

Title of Picture Book: Mulan

Author: Li Jian

Illustrator: Li Jian

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Shanghai Press, China

Publisher’s Blurb: The legend of Mulan and her bravery is captured in this book of beautiful ink paintings.

There was once an extraordinary girl who was as beautiful as she was brave. She knew how to read and write and sew. She loved to ride horses and shoot her bow and arrows. But it was her love for her family and her father that made her into a great soldier.

In English and Chinese. English translation by Yijin Wert

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, bravery, gender, legend, ink paintings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The ink paintings are beautiful

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-60220-986-2

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

Mina Meets Cambridge

Title of Picture Book: Mina Meets Cambridge

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mina is excited to visit her elder sister, Zara, in Cambridge. Mina has heard so much about Cambridge University from Zara and longs to visit. As Mina spends time with her sister, she discovers many interesting facts about Cambridge. However, she wonders why Zara does not seem to notice the charming characters they meet along the way …

Mina Meets Cambridge is a whimsical story of an imaginative girl’s adventure in Cambridge. There she learns that in order to be successful, one needs to work hard, persevere, and have courage to dream big.

Age 9 and above; also for the dreamers and the young at heart.

This book is also available in Braille.

The typeface used in this book is know as Dyslexie Font, a five specially designed for people with dyslexia.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family, places, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): Imagination, famous people, aspiration, history, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Informative.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4282-3

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

Rochee the Friendliest Cockroach

Title of Picture Book: Rochee the Friendliest Cockroach

Author: Gavin Goo

Illustrator: Gavin Goo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Despite being the friendliest cockroach in town, Rochee finds it hard to befriend that special someone.
Can Rochee find a way to win her heart? Join him to find out.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Friends

5 Keywords (other than themes): Cockroach, teddy bears, insects, fear, hygiene

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical tale of an unusual friendship.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-33-8

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

Like Fins for Feet

Title of Picture Book: Like Fins for Feet

Author: Perry Ho

Illustrator: Kristal Melson

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

Publisher’s Blurb: One day, you awake to find a Blue Whale in your room. It is no different from the wind blowing a moth or a paper bag across your path. Once you get over the whalenss of the moment, your day goes on, like it did yesterday, and most likely, like it will tomorrow. Today however …

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Self, Friends

5 Keywords (other than themes): Poem, feelings, imagination, whale, size

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Poetic and perhaps somewhat philosophical.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-34-5

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

The Phantom of Oxley Castle

Title of Picture Book: The Phantom of Oxley Castle

Author: Liana Gurung and Chloe Tong

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Prince Hector the Eldest, Princess Harriet the Brave and Prince Humphrey the Youngest. They live in Oxley Castle with their pesky butler, O B Markus.

One night, the children hear a strange noise coming from the dungeon and decide to investigate.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Family

5 Keywords (other than themes): Castle, home, mystery, investigation, dog

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Solving a mystery.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-17-0086-6

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

Discover an Island Called Temasek

Title of Picture Book: Discover an Island called Temasek

Author: Moriko Kristiansen

Illustrator: Enrico Sllustio

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

Publisher’s Blurb: It is our wish to present this series to Singaporean children with a fun and creative approach to their culture and history. In these books, they will be able to experience their national heritage through the time travels and adventures of Ooof and Peppi, two friendly visitors form another planet.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): history, places

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, imagination, time travel, lion, space

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-296-010-54-38

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

The Mermaid who became a Champion

Title of Picture Book: The Mermaid who became a Champion

Author: Yip Pin Xiu and Rohit Brijnath

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In 2008, a 16-year-old swimmer made hostory by winning Singapore’s first Paralympic gold. Her name: Yip Pin Xiu. How did she do it? Pin Xiu was born with Charcot Marie tooth, a disorder that leads to a progressive weakening of the muscles. Today, she has three Paralympic gold medals and a silver to her name.
In this beautifully-illustrated book, co-written with The Straits Times assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath, Pin Xiu shares the story of her remarkable journey of how she became a champion at the Paralympic Games.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): inclusive, paralympic, determination, sports, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This inspiring story is written in rhyme, and comes with delightful illustrations.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4753-0

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

What I Love Most …

Title of Picture Book: What I Love Most …

Author: Agnes Liew

Illustrator: Agnes Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: I love … beautiful flowers …
and colourful rainbows too!
But do you know what I love most?
What I love most … is …

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): self, family

5 Keywords (other than themes): emotion, likes, parents, superlatives, habits

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple tale.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): National Library Board, Singapore

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-6220-9

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