List: Vanishing Material

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Title of Picture Book: Vanishing Materials

Author: Jesvin Yeo

Illustrator: Jesvin Yeo, Quek Teng Wan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Vanishing Materials is a children’s story based on the intrinsic meaning of the word ‘adaptable’. Drawn from the long history of traditional woodclay, a material originally used in the crafting of Chinese religious objects, its use had changed with the times. Woodclay has been gradually modelled into commercialised figurines souvenirs of early Singapore island settlers like the Satay Man and Samsui Woman. Also, one can see the assimilation of Western pop culture iconographies such as the Halloween pumpkin, Gingerbread man and candy houses into woodclay figurines.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): history, culture, craft, Singapore, innovation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This book is in an accordion-format with one side in English and the other in Chinese. It presents the story of a boy getting acquainted with a material, woodclay, which is used differently.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4897-9

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

List: A Very Big Storm

Title of Picture Book: A Very Big Storm

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Scrawl Studio

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Singapore National Co-operative Federation

Publisher’s Blurb: A very big storm is coming! The Squirrel family, Monkey family, Sparrow and Little Honey Bear are all worried. How are they going to stay nice and dry?


5 Keywords (other than themes): Cooperation, animals, teamwork, shelter, diversity 

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story of animals each playing their part so that together they can face crisis better. Includes a colouring page at the end.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-0358-5

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

List: A Stray

Title of Picture Book: A Stray

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A Stray is a story about Myra-Lou who longs to have a stray cat for a pet. Her parents are appalled and her brother disgusted, but Myra-Lou is insistent. After much haggling and a turn of events, Myra-Lou finally gets her stray.

This beautifully illustrated story deals with a young girl’s desire to improve the life of another and her parents’ journey to understand her better.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Pet, parents, adopting, caring, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The twist in the story about what happened to the toy cat and later the pet cat which Myra-Lou was given before she got to keep them as the “stray” she wanted would seem odd to some readers. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5130-8

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

List: The Boy in the Whale Suit

FullSizeRender 10Title of Picture Book: The Boy in the Whale Suit

Author: Marie Toh

Illustrator: Marie Toh

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Kai, a boy next door like any other – except that he is always in a whale suit. He doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere and strangely, nobody seems to notice him either. Surely, this would make Kai sad and lonely, wouldn’t it?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): loneliness, different, imagination, ants, Christmas

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story was based on Marie’s graduation film with the same title though it is presented differently in this book. A good book for talking about feelings such as loneliness, or being different, and also about acceptance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNUDMpP3keE The book has interesting visuals and the text is brief and simple.


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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-17-0084-2

List: Rooster Raga

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Title of Picture Book: Rooster Raga

Author: Natasha Sharma

Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Do roosters sing ragas? This one does, but like all true artists discovers it after a lot of struggle! Every time he opens his mouth he has a new tune – but not the kukaroo kuroo of the other roosters! His friends skip and stretch, stamp and roll while trying to teach him to get it right. This cheeky, foot-tapping story invites big and little readers to move and sing, clap and tap along with Priya Kuriyan’s expressive characters.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): animals, music, exercise, farm, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting book that invites participation in moving and singing along with a host of farm animals. It also invites a chat about talents, confidence, creativity, practice and helping others. It cold also lead to an exploration of Asian music terms such as “raga”.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-93-5046-454-0

List: Lost in the Secret Garden

photo-7-5-17-2-36-17-pm.jpgTitle of Picture Book: Lost in the Secret Garden

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Miel

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Three children stumbled on a secret garden in their search for Camy. Just who or what is Camy? They discovered a mysterious tree house for little people and got lost in a maze. Was the children’s adventure real? Find out what happened in the secret garden.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): garden, camouflaged, lizard, tropical, park

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This story is set in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden though the place is not mentioned directly in it. It is fun trying to spot Camy in each page of illustration. Useful nature information are included in the back matter.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-9214-1

List: Miss Missy Mynah

Photo 7-5-17, 2 35 37 PMTitle of Picture Book: Miss Missy Mynah

Author: Suchen Christine Lim

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Miss Missy Mynah is sad that she has no feathers on her head. Are her friends able to help her?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): inventiveness, acceptance, diversity, birds, creativity

Brief Review (in under 50 words): In this simple story, a Mynah and her friends go to the beach, park and food centre to look for a solution. The stated focus is on inventiveness. Also useful for talking about diversity and acceptance.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-8165-8

List: A Boar at My Door

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 45 PMTitle of Picture Book: A Boar at My Door

Author: Keith Wo, Alicia Le, Lim Xue Xian, Tag Wan Yi, Chiu Guan Ru

Illustrator: Cha Da Eun

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

Publisher’s Blurb: “It has to go. It is a wild boar after all.”
Join Billy, a little wild boar, on an exciting adventure after he ends up lost and alone in an unfortunate turn of events.
Journey with him as he tried to find his family, meeting awesome new friends and also a fearsome foe along his way.
Will Billy ever reunite with his missing family and find a home where he truly belongs?

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Ecology, Pet, Animal, Family, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A most commendable effort by young authors and illustrator. The collaged illustrations are delightful, and can inspire young readers to create something similar. A good way to spark an interest in conservation and how we should treat wild animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4454-4

List: Liam, the Brave

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 14 PMTitle of Picture Book: Liam, the Brave

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Simon Koay

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Liam, the Brave is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear: butterflies. Liam desperately wants to become The Bravest Boy in the World, and he goes through an extraordinary journey of self-discovery to face and overcome his fear. Beyond simply being a story about a boy with an irrational fear, it is also a story about perseverance and how accolades don’t matter. What is most important is being true to oneself.

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Fear, Butterfly, School, Nature, Winning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story deals with a topic that deserves conversations about – fear. While the story is not presented in the most exciting manner, Liam’s methodological way to overcoming his fear is interesting and would make a good talking point, as would the end of the story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5129-2

List: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Photo 25-4-17, 1 49 11 PMTitle of Picture Book: Elvis and the Feathers School of Music

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Laura Liberatore

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A music school for “birds only” is having a concert where its performers will be able to develop their potential further.
Elvis the frog dreams of singing at this important event. But can he ever be accepted?
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5 Keywords (not including themes): Dreams, School, Diversity, Birds, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written to illustrate one article in the Rights of the Child, it is a good story about diversity, acceptance and talents. Also good for talking about school, and nature reserves (Sungei Buloh). It can be fun imagining what the concert sounded like. E-book available.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5381-8