Look Up!

Title of Picture Book: Look Up!

Author: Jung Jin-Ho

Illustrator: Jung Jin-Ho

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Holiday House, New York, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: (No blurb)

English translation from Korean by Mi Yung Kim

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Perspective, spatial awareness, making friends, illustration, high rise

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story is driven by the intriguing illustration with minimal text. For children growing up in high rise apartments, they will perhaps relate to this. Great book for starting a good conversation.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-0-8234-3652-1

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

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Siri Ikun and the Two Birds

Title of Picture Book: Suri Ikun and the Two Birds

Author: Dian K

Illustrator: Alvin Adhi

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): BIP, Indonesia

Publisher’s Blurb: Suri Ikun was a good boy. One day, he got lost in the jungle and the ghosts kidnapped him. There was nothing Suri Ikun could do. Despite all these, he kept on doing good things to others, including to two badly wounded birds that was trapped into the cave he was being held. What would happen next to Suri Ikun? Would he be able to escape from the ghosts?

In Indonesian and English. English translation byDono Sunardi.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): bilingual, legend, helpfulness, sibling, brothers

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Some minor errors in the English sentences.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-602-394-622-8

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

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

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

Mabel Moves to Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Mabel Moves to Singapore

Author: Fleur Vella-Chang

Illustrator: Fleur Vella-Chang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mabel and her family have been uprooted, they have moved from their icy antarctic home to an exotic country called Singapore. However, this is no pickle for this plucky little penguin who discovers the excitement of adventure and the joy of new friendship.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): penguin, Singapore, moving, changes, friendship

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-5093-7

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

Hello Goodbye Little Island

Title of Picture Book: Hello Goodbye Little Island

Author: Leila Boukarim

Illustrator: Barbara Moxham

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Maja had just moved to the little island and she missed home terribly. When she finds a friend, things get better, but when her friend moves away, her world crumbles once more. With time, Maja discovers that distances do not matter; the friendships she finds will stay with her always, and goodbyes are not forever.

Hello Goodbye Little Island is about learning to form new and meaningful relationships. A “look-and-find” activity on every page will engage readers as they discover more about the little island.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): change, moving, friendship, home, game

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Heartfelt story and interesting game in the illustration.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-9443-5

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

The Proud Racer

Title of Picture Book: Adventures of Molly – The Proud Racer

Author: Children’s Services, Public Libraries Singapore

Illustrator: Children’s Services, Public Libraries Singapore

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (None provided)

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): reading, pride, helpful, car races, library

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Molly the “clumsy bus library” meets a Racer in trouble and helps him.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-2697-0

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

I Want to Be a Cheese Taster

Title of Picture Book: I Want to Be a Cheese Taster

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Laura Liberatore

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: A class of mice are discussing what they want to do when they grow up. Feta surprises everyone with his dream job, which is very different from what mice typically do. Will the other mice be able to accept Feta’s viewpoint?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): ambition, jobs, opinions, rights of child

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Amusing story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5377-1

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

An Instrument for Eddie

Title of Picture Book: An Instrument for Eddie

Author: Karen Lee

Illustrator: Tienny The

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Strategic Book Publishing, USA

Publisher’s Blurb: In the very special children’s book, An Instrument for Eddie, Eddie is an unusual elephant who loves to perform. he dreams of music, and his fondest wish is to play a musical instrument. Eddie tries to learn how to play several instruments, but is unsuccessful.

Eddie is also a resourceful elephant and he nevr gives up. Through his determination, he finally discovers an instrument that is just right for him.

This extraordinary book was inspired by a true story about a little boy with a hearing impairment, who was also determined to play a musical instrument. Just like Eddie, this little boy didn’t give up. Because of his determination and passion for music, the little boy is also able to play an instrument just like other children.

A former teacher, Karen Lee lives in Singapore. She hopes An Instrument for Eddie inspires children to never give up when reaching for their dreams.

5 Keywords (other than themes): determination, resilience, animals, music, instruments

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and charming tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-61204-302-9

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