List: Sarabelle’s Playful Puns

Title of Picture Book: Sarahbelle’s PLayful Puns

Author: Anastasia & Sarahbelle Tay

Illustrator: Elaine Loo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Why is Daddy swimming in strawberry jam?
Why is mummy becoming an otter?
And why are the otters in this book wearing underwear?

Join Mummy and Sarahbelle in this heartwarming and tickling story in which the spirited girl amuses Mummy with her playful puns as they go about their day. Demonstrating that learning and speaking a language is fun and enjoyable, Sarahbelle finds out that words are powerful and can create different meanings.

5 Keywords (other than themes): word play, fun, puns, shopping, language

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun way to get readers into word play.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-11-1895-1

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

List: The Day Jimmy Swallowed a Brolly

Title of Picture Book: The Day Jimmy Swallowed a Brolly

Author: Bee Bee

Illustrator: Charmaine A

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Here is Jimmy. Jimmy loves to eat … and eat … and eat. One day, Jimmy went too far …

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5 Keywords (other than themes): objects, imagination, surgery, food, diet

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-3078-3

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

List: Koko the Great

Title of Picture Book: Koko the Great

Author: Natalie Hennedige

Illustrator: Twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Koko is a small village boy with a lively imagination, so life by the river is never dull. This adventure takes Koko further than he has ever been, to the end of the river where the river meets the sea. Does Koko take a step into the great beyond?

Koko’s story was inspired by “Life by the River”, an oil painting by one of Singapore’s first generation artist Liu Kang. The painting is in the collection of the National Heritage Board, Singapore.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, art, national art gallery, painting, history

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “A wonderful story that celebrates the imagination of young children.” – Suchen Christine Lim, Singapore Literature Prizewinner

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

ISBN Number (if available): 079-981-08-8758-2

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

List: Picking Up a Penguin’s Egg Really Got Me into Trouble

Title of Picture Book: Picking Up a Penguin’s Egg Really Got Me into Trouble

Author: Neil Humphreys

Illustrator: Cheng Puay Koon

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Four-year old Abbie Rose has a magic suitcase. In this book, she goes on an exciting adventure to the snowy world of the South Pole with her best friend Billy. When she arrives, she meets a funny family of Adelie Penguins. Always a curious little girl, Abbie Rose picks up a penguin’s egg which causes all sorts of problems.
The penguins chase her. the ice breaks and they head out to the deep blue sea … where a hungry leopard seal is waiting. Fortunately, an unlikely hero comes up with a really clever plan to save the day.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, south pole, problem solving, environment, animals

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4484-18-3

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

List: Micah and Grandma at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Title of Picture Book: Micah and Grandma at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Author: Chan Wai Han

Illustrator: Cheng Puay Koon

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma enjoyed many happy moments at the Singapore Botanic Gardens when she was young, one day she brings e for a visit and together they make new memories.


5 Keywords (other than themes): grandmother, animals, plants, whimsical, memories

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The illustrations add a whimsical touch to this simple heartwarming story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1841-5

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

List: Jack and Jill at Bukit Timah Hill

Title of Picture Book: Jack and Jill Up Bukit Timah Hill

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: twisstii

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To find the Monkey Man.
Jack fell down, and claimed he was ill,
And left Jill without a plan.

In this new collection of nursery rhymes, Gwen Lee has given traditional favourites a Singaporean twist, blending local flavour and humour to create memorable poems, which Singaporeans of all ages can enjoy.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Poems, durians, Singapore, food, fun

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful collection of rhymes accompanied by attractive illustrations. The original nursery rhymes and “brainy bites” of background information are found at the back of the book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-85-3

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

List: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Title of Picture Book: Bo Bo and Cha Cha Cook Up a Storm

Author: Jason Erik Lundberg

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When a friend asks Bo Bo and Cha Cha to fill in for him at his royal stall, the pandas are eager to help out. But do they have what it takes to make delicious rojak? It turns out they do! Find out what their secret is in this delightful new Bo Bo and Cha Cha story.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Food, rojak, Singapore, helpful, recipe

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A fun read about a local dish, rojak, in this cute series based on these two pandas.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-33-4

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

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Little Jay Writes an Adventure_hi resTitle of Picture Book: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Evon leAngelis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Jay does not like to read, but his cousins Meng Meng and An An have their own way of helping him. Meng Meng and An An show what it means to care for the family.

Little Jay Writes an Adventure

5 Keywords (other than themes): family, love for reading, imagination, problem-solving, bilingualism

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates family and the joy of reading.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6180-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh

List: Ryan the Playground Expert

Playground ExpertTitle of Picture Book: Ryan the Playground Expert

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Ong Sheng Hua

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ryan has muscular dystrophy. But it does not stop him from pursuing his grand dream. Ryan wants to visit all the playgrounds in his country! Ryan takes pictures and notes for his playground project. Very soon, Ryan becomes a playground expert and gets to design the perfect playground!

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Passion for life, overcoming adversity, muscular dystrophy, special needs, playground.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Singapore Book Awards (2016) Best Children’s Title Finalist. 2nd prize in Samsung KidsTime Author Award 2015.
This book is ideal for talking with children about special needs and chronic health conditions like muscular dystrophy. Parents and teachers can also use this book to explore with children about their passions.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4342-47-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh

List: The Robot in My Playground

RobotTitle of Picture Book: The Robot in My Playground

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Avina Tan

Publisher and Country: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Lucas loves robots. Especially the robot in the playground near his house. How he wishes that the robot would come to life. And after a big storm, it does!
They forge a friendship that will have a deep impact on Lucas for years to come.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, robots, science fiction, aliens, career choices

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is a good book to engage children in conversations about friendship, relocation and career choices. However, on a less serious note – it is good simply for a fun read. The artwork is rich and colourful.
Read about how 2 illustrators ‘fought over’ the book! https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/they-fought-over-robot-in-my-playground/

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5583-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh