New Croc on the Block

Title of Picture Book: New Croc on the Block

Author: Marissa Chok, Tracy Koh, Georges Ip, Peh Zhen Yi, Tan Pek Yan

Illustrator: Tracy Koh

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Cyril’s old has just been destroyed and he is looking for a new place to stay. Chancing upon Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, he begins a journey filled with memorable encounters and unexpected delights, in his quest for a perfect new home.

Join Cyril on his unforgettable quest as he explores Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with the help of his knowledgeable guide, Kingsley the Stork-billed Kingfisher!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): crocodiles, otters, mangrove forest, environment, habitats

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Great for introducing readers to nature and environmental protection.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-0020-5

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

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The Elephants who liked to Dance

Title of Picture Book: The Elephants Who Liked to Dance

Author: Munda Writer’s Group

Illustrator: Sugrib Kumar Juanga

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Pratham Books, India

Publisher’s Blurb: When Bapi played the dhol, everyone flet like dancing. When the elephants heard the dhol a strange and wonderful thing happened …

English translation by Amrit Misha.

Illustration used the Saura wall mural style as base.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): music, beats, drums, animals, problem solving

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple and engaging story with interesting illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-81-8479-511-0

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

What a Noise!

Title of Picture Book: What a Noise!

Author: Nur Humaira Suleman and Nur Linda Halek

Illustrator: Nur Azmi Mokhtar

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Jojo likes his new home but his neighbours are just too noisy.

English translation from Malay by Huda Mukhlis

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): quiet, neighbours, animal sounds, gratefulness, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple tale about being good neighbours.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-782-1

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

The Trampolines that Nadia Built

Title of Picture Book: The Trampolines That Nadia Built

Author: Darren C Ong

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Nadia loved the moon. She hoped her Trampolines could take her there. But alas, the moon was just too far away. Then the animals had a brilliant idea …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): making, inventing, animals, dreams, whimsical

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative story and the illustration introduces some Asian animals too. Too bad they are not all named.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3258-5

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

Rafa and Dani

Title of Picture Book: Fafa and Dani

Author: Zarina Yusof

Illustrator: Syed Ismail

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): The Print Lodge, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Adventures? Mysteries?? Dinosaurs??? Fafa and Dani love them all, and more!
Armed with innocent curiosity, boundless energy and an inquisitive nose to sniff out clues, the brothers bring you into their investigative world where nothing is impossible – not even when it comes to searching for Fafa’s favourite fire engine or tracking down a mysterious dinosaur!
So, did they find the big red fire engine? And did they ‘tame’ the ferocious dinosaur? Will the brothers survive this scare?
To find out more, come along on a wonderful adventure with Fafa and Dani.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): brothers, curiosity, dinosaur, mystery, toys

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

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9025-3

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

Singapore’s Swordfish Attack

Title of Picture Book: Singapore’s Swordfish Attack

Author: Mohamad Salmi

Illustrator: Mohamad Salmi

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): MPH, Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: On a peaceful day, suddenly, Singapore was attacked by thousands of swordfish.
Everywhere throughout the island, many people were killed and hurt by the continuous attacks. Even soldiers were no fight for the swordfish.
What would the sultan do to stop this disaster?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): folktale, redhill, decision making, wisdom, advise

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Well-written tale with distinct illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-967-5222-83-2

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

All About Poochie

Title of Picture Book: All About Poochie

Author: Basabi Banerjee

Illustrator: Jeffrey Seow

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Book Guild, UK

Publisher’s Blurb: This is Poochie’s autobiography.

(First published by Marshall Cavendish, Singapore.)

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): pet, responsibility, care, dog, biography

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Quite a lot of words.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-84624-724-8

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

You Been to Ubin?

Title of Picture Book: You Been to Ubin?

Author: Chia Yun Ze, Choo Xin Yi, Gregory Yap, Melissa Chua, Pearlynn Sim, Terh Shin Huoy

Illustrator: Lim Zhi Jie

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pulau Ubin’s an island by the sea,
with many things to do and sights to see.
Meet Llypod, who’s visiting it for just one day,
and join him on an adventure along the way!
Meet Tomo, a hornbill who can’t get home,
so nowhe’s upset, cold and all alone.
Will you join Lloyd and help Tomo get home?
What are you waiting for? Ot’s time to roam!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmark, animals, environment, island, puzzles

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Puzzles are woven into the story. Text might be more suitable for older readers.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6388-6

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