List: The School in the Glass City

Title of Picture Book: The School in the Glass City

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Brandon Chng

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish for Building and Construction Authority, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Alex is not just mean to his schoolmates Bucky and Gaia; he also doesn’t think twice about wasting natural resources! When things get out of hand, Greco and Beco decide to intervene. With the help of a little magic, they transport Alex forward in time, The Singapore of 2047 looks picture-perfect, but is it really? Follow Greco and Beco as they reveal the key to a sustainable future.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sustainability, environment, bully, waste, caring

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Personally think it is too didactic and not a very engaging story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4779-2-96

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

List: The World on Her Knees

Title of Picture Book: The World on Her Knees

Author: R Chandran

Illustrator: Amy Cheng

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The story of a little girl, yet to stand and on her knees, while wondering what the view is like from way up where her parents are, is suddenly entrusted with a hero’s task.


5 Keywords (other than themes): perspective, growing up, helpfulness, observation, ants

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “Chandra has the sweet sense of humour and a gift for telling simple inspiring stories, whilst his wife, Amy has the gift of drawing. This book will be an easy and fun read for both parents and their children.” Irene Ang

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-4962-7

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

List: The Forest Fable

Title of Picture Book: The Forest Fable

Author: Gelyn Ong

Illustrator: Gelyn Ong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In a beautiful rainforest filled with trees of many colours, the animals live happily. One day, a lumberjack arrives. Will he chop down the trees? What will become of the bears, the porcupines and the orang-utans who call the forest home?

In this enchanting fable, 9-year-old artist Gelyn Ong paints a moving portrait of Mother Nature under threat and the importance of conserving the earth’s shared resources.

5 Keywords (other than themes): environment, animals, young writer, science, deforestation

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming book by a young artist and illustrator.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4408-56-1

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

List: Plato and the Missing Bed

Title of Picture Book: Plato and the Missing Bed

Author: Celine Tan

Illustrator: Priscilla Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Plato loves his donut bed. But what if somedoggy needs it more than he does?

A tale of caring and sharing, designed to delight and inspire little ones.

5 Keywords (other than themes): sharing, caring, dog, pet, stray

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming book.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9901-8

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

List: Stacey goes to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Stacey dives into the exhibits at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and learns secrets from the past. Join her on her latest magical adventures.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Raffles, bear, snail, imagination, nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): There is an imaginative twist that makes the history of the museum in an interesting way.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4668-67-5

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

List: The Crane and the Crab

Title of Picture Book: The Crane and the Crab

Author: SR Nathan

Illustrator: Anngee Neo

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A long, long time ago in a kampong there was a ponf with plenty of fish.

But the pond soon began to dry up, and a watchful and greedy crane had an idea: He would fool the fish into thinking that he would take them to a large, sparkling lake. In the meantime, a crab who had been watching the crane had plans of his own …

Former Singapore President SR Nathan’s retelling of this wonderful folktale has a timeless message that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, deception, vigilance, president, fable

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple folktale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-3509-6

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: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights

Title of Picture Book: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights

Author: Farah Bagharib-Kaltz

Illustrator: Eeshaun

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Being afraid of heights isn’t such a big deal – unless you’re a bird! Meet Eddie, a mynah who lives behind an abandoned old house with Matt the rat, his only friend. When one day Matt is captured, how can Eddie stop his whole world from crashing down?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): fear, flying, birds, rats, phobia

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Simple story with bold illustrations. Mynahs in white?

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-01-7

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

List: The Swing of Things

Title of Picture Book: The Swing of Things

Author: Andy Chen

Illustrator: Ye Ruoshi

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

Publisher’s Blurb: “There once was a time when the family swing was not this unmoving, unused, unloved thing …”

And so begin this sweet story for children about a swing that was once loved and played on every day by two sisters Faith and Sarah – until they grew up and became too old for swings.

But the swing learns that sad times don’t last forever and that things always change.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): play, siblings, growing old, history, marriage

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting book for speaking about the passing of time and what growing up and older means.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4642-93-4

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