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

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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

Walking in Great-Grandpa’s Tracks

Title of Picture Book: Walking in Great-Grandpa’s Tracks

Author: Beh Wei Chen, Teo Rui En Nicole, Lorraine Tan Hui En

Illustrator: Pan Yu Yu

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

Publisher’s Blurb: With the help of a magical hat,
A strange place Ethan finds himself,
Follow our hero as he unearths this place,
Where he meets an all too familiar face.

Three friends he will meet,
Who slither, flutter and tweet,
From whom he will learn to appreciate their home,
And all the creatures within it that roam.

Join Ethan as he backtracks into the past,
And learns to love this place at long last.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, environment, animals, landmark, transport

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting mix of history and appreciating nature.

Young writers and illustrator.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4452-0

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

Secret Hoarder

Title of Picture Book: Secret Hoarder

Author: Adeline Foo

Illustrator: Miel

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ben met a little squirrel and had his buried treasures stolen. Was it the squirrel that did it?

Read this book and learn about the charming native squirrel, common in our tropical rainforests. We have ‘flying” squirrels in our forests too. Did you know that?

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): squirrel, treasures, planting beans, siblings

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Interesting facts about the types of squirrels native to Southeast Asia and also about the Rainforest.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-05-8251-7

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

Caged Bird of Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Caged Bird of Singapore

Author: Helene Gaborit (Translated by Catherine and Jimmy Cousins)

Illustrator: Claude Sauquet

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Open Book Editions, Cambodia

Publisher’s Blurb: On her way home from school, Anika discovers a mysterious bird on the banks of the Singapore river.

The 8 year old little girl, with the complicity of the saved bird, helps us discover the customs of everyday life of this close-to-nature town country while she discovers the meaning of true friendship herself.

The exceptional illustrations support the story through collage and gouche.

Anika’s story takes us ona cultural journey. The Glossary explains to us some interesting details of life in Asia.

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, landmarks, bird, freedom, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A slightly exotic version of Singapore, and a few factual errors in the glossary.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-999-63-5973-6

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

The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Title of Picture Book: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Author: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Illustrator: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs is the culmination of a creative collaboration between two Singaporean artists.

Lee Ju-Lyn enjoys combining different forms and ideas. She is the author of All the People Imagine (2008), a “Murakami-meets-Tim-Burton-meets-blog entries collection of short fiction …”, and Millie, an experimental literary work supported by the NAC Arts Creation Fund (2010).

Levene Wong is an artist whose works express a childlike imagination to the world around her. She has exhibited in Melbourne, Australia, from her Wander series. Specialising in creating visuals for the young at heart, Levene has worked with publishers both in Singapore and abroad.

5 Keywords (other than themes): failure, positive, vegetable, imagination, art

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical story about facing challenges in life positively.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4170-3

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