List: Morris takes a chance

Title of Picture Book: Morris Takes A Chance

Author: Amanda Teow

Illustrator: Amanda Teow

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Morris the Mouse wakes up in the night to hear strange sounds outside his little home. What could be making all that noise?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): rhymes, fear, mouse, animals, cat

Brief Review (in under 50 words): There’s a series of interesting rhymes in part of the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-39-0

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

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List: Pura the Cat

Title of Picture Book: Pura the Cat

Author: Tan Soon Meng

Illustrator: Ann Gee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pura lives at Boat Quay with his three best friends. Other stray cats don’t pay any attention to Pura – until they find out that he is a special kind of cat. But when he gets in trouble, Pura finds out just who his real friends are.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): cats, breed, helpful, friendship, strays

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-23-7

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

List: The Adventures of Mooty

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Mooty

Author: Jessie wee

Illustrator: Kwan Shan Mei

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Adventures of Mooty, first published in 1980, depicts the delightful adventures of a lovable mouse who endears himself to a community of animals, birds and insects and becomes their hero. This new edition of five books, each comprising two stories, will find Mooty warming the hearts of the young once more.

In Book One: Mooty and Grandma and Mooty and the Satay-man

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): mouse, fright, food, animals, hawker

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story and illustrations are delightful and has a tinge of nostalgia to them.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4276-55-9

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

List: Chilli Padi

Title of Picture Book: Chilli Padi

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Puteh has a new friend, Itam, a kitchen help adopted by Puteh’s grandmother. The two children find themselves in trouble when they get into a fight in the kitchen. Itam is punished for Puteh’s misdeed.
Find out how Puteh redeems herself with her new friend, by using the magic of her beaded slippers. A tale of friendship and loyalty, join Puteh and Itam on their kitchen adventure and discover a quirky side to the Peranakans, through their food heritage.

5 Keywords (other than themes): festivals, heritage, forgiveness, food, adoption

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The punishment of Itam would be considered brutal by today’s standard. It might be a concern or a suitable platform for talking about this matter with a child.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-1328-4

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

List: Justice Bao

Title of Picture Book: Justice Bao – The Case of the Missing Coins

Author: Catherine Khoo

Illustrator: Chen Ziyue

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Renowned for his wisdom and sense of fairness, Justice Bao was a high-ranking magistrate during the Sing Dynasty in ancient China. In The Case of the Missing Coins, Justic Bao has to decide what to do when a merchant accuses a woodcutter of stealing his money. Should he take the word of the well-dressed merchant or believe the shabby woodcutter who can barely speak for himself?

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, speaking up, wisdom, legend, justice

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good way to talk about honesty and also about speaking up for others.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5810-3

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

List: Marco Goes East

Title of Picture Book: Marco Goes East

Author: John Koh & Adelia Yeo

Illustrator: Shelley Low

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (None)

Marco, the little dragon, goes on a journey through some of our civilisation’s greatest cities and monuments, such as the Parthenon, Sphinx, Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and Gardens by the Bay.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, geography, world map, dragon, travel

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-981-07-9085-1

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

List: Sasha visits Sentosa Island

Title of Picture Book: Sasha visits Sentosa Island

Author: Shamini

Illustrator: Alpana

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Sentosa is a resort island juts off the coast of Singapore where it is possible to enjoy sandy beaches, nature walks and other attractions. It is a popular destination with residents and visitors and a favourite spot for children.

5 Keywords (other than themes): attractions, animals, nature walks, butterflies, aquarium

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A question on each page invites the reader to look at the illustration more carefully.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 981-05-2343-2

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

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

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