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 the,selves in trouble when they got 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, their food heritage.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Peranakan, food, heritage, friendship, quarrels

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to learn about the Peranakan’s festival and food heritage.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1328-4

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

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Vinod and the Deepavali Dishes

Title of Picture Book: Vinod and the Deepavali Dishes

Author: Debra Ann Francisco

Illustrator: Madeline Wee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s a busy day for Vinod! He has to follow his Aunty Meera around Little India on her Deepavali shopping errands. Back home, he makes an amazing discovery about his Tatta (grandfather). Find out what Vinod learns about Tatta’s youth and how he puts his creative juices to work helping his family out in this kitchen.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, grandfather, history, culture, Indian 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A good way to know about common Indian food and spices. 

Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-4798-1

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

The Yummiest Cupcake

Title of Picture Book: The Yummiest Cupcake

Author: Leila Boukarim

Illustrator: Barbara Moxham

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Alex loves cupcakes. He loves to bake them, he loves to ice them and most of all, he loves to eat them! But there is one thing Alex doesn’t like. He is only ever allowed one. That’s the rule. Just one cupcake. When Alex can’t decide which cupcake to choose on his birthday, it seems like nothing is going his way … until he gets home to find a wonderful birthday surprise!

A sweet story about passion and perseverance from the creators of Hello, Goodbye Little Island and A Warm Christmas.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Cupcakes, passion, perseverance, baking, birthday 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Comes with a cupcake recipe too.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-971-48-4128-3

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

Little Wayang Kid

Title of Picture Book: Little Wayang Kid

Author: Raymond Tan

Illustrator: Joey Ng Kai Woon

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

Story of an Indian boy learning Chinese wayang.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Bilingual, culture, arts, performance, harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story with interesting actions.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1125-6

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

Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Title of Picture Book: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles

Author: Shan-Shan Chen

Illustrator: Heidi Goodman

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Tuttle Publishing

Publisher’s Blurb: A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, recipe, cooking, tradition, kitchen

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The topic of adoption was mentioned only in passing. The main focus was on the process of preparing the birthday noodle.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8048-4461-1

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

How Many More Days to Hari Raya?

Title of Picture Book: How Many More Days to Hari Raya?

Author: Fazeelah Khan, Kamilah Kamis

Illustrator: Raihan Ismail

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

Publisher’s Blurb: My family and I are busy getting ready for Hari Raya … but when will that special day come? I can hardly wait!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): hari raya, festival, food, helpful, Malay

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Provides some insights into what preparing for Hari Raya involves and the Malay culture.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-778-4

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: CindeRilla – Once Upon an Invitation

Title of Picture Book: CindeRilla – Once Upon an Invitation

Author: Rilla Melati Bahri

Illustrator: Maria Christania

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

Publisher’s Blurb: CindeRilla is delighted when a new neighbour invites her to a potluck party. But thete is a problem: she cannot cook! Determined to bring her favourite dish, CindeRilla asks her stepmother for help and heads to the market. Will she be able to get all she needs and make her dish in time for the party? And just what is this mysterious dish? Find out in CindeRilla’s hiliarious – and tasty – adventure!


5 Keywords (other than themes): food, cooking, market, neighbourliness, batik

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A tale about preparing Roti John.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-3185-1

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

List: Happy Chinese New Year, Elena

Title of Picture Book: Happy Chinese New Year, Elena!

Author: Dingli Stevens

Illustrator: Liang Kun

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Elena goes to Beijing to celebrate Chinese New Year with her grandparents. She meets a lion and talks about Chinese New Year customs and festive dishes with him. But is the lion real?

co-published with Blossom Press, China

5 Keywords (other than themes): tradition, Chinese, festival, craft, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story with a lot of information about Chinese New Year and a touch of imagination. Includes instructions for creating a pop=up card.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-6539-8

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

List: Why Do Chinese Shout Yam Seng?

Title of Picture Book: Why Do The Chinese Shout Yam Seng and Other Questions

Author: Edmund Wee

Illustrator: Chee Jia Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why do Chinese eat noodles at wedding dinners? Why do they hang blankets at HDB void decks during a funeral wake? Why is Chinatown called “bullock cart water”?

We provide the answers – and useful tips – to some of the most-asked questions young Singaporeans might have about the Chinese.

This book is part of a fun series about the Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each handbook uses twenty questions to highlight diversity and promote understanding of the different races in Singapore.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Customs, traditions, politeness, food, racial harmony

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting questions with simply written answers. The illustrations are colourful and literal.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-5568-2

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