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: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel Singapre

Author: Fleur Vella-Chang

Illustrator: Fleur Vella-Chang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: What do the animals at the Singapore Zoo do on their day off? They meet foe tea at Raffles, of course.

Each illustration in this board book represents an important landmark or icon of Singapore. For example, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Bird Park, Shophouses in Joo Chiat, etc.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Singapore, animals, rhymes, friends, landmark

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Vibrant illustrations and simple rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-8566-0

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: Who’s Behind That Wall

Title of Picture Book: Who’s Behind That Wall

Author: Kim Eun-Hee

Illustrator: Soong Chungyee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: This book is dedicated to our foreign brothers and sisters who travelled far to toil on foreign soil.

We are grateful. Thank you.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Migrant workers, animals, mystery, kindness, gratitude

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simple story about migrant workers that would be a good springboard for chats about the issue with young readers.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-1102-30-1

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: 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: 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: Ten Little Bunnies Go to Town

Ten Little Bunnies CoverTitle: Ten Little Bunnies Go to Town – A Cautionary Tale about Road Safety and the Best-Laid Plans

Author: Tan Su Linn

Illustrator: Tan Su Linn

Publisher and Country: Partridge Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s a fine day to head to town, or so our bunnies thought. After all, what could go wrong? Find out if they make it, as they navigate nasty bumps, rabbit impulses, and other surprises along the way.
Their eventful and sometimes darkly funny experiences offer readers practice counting down from ten to zero; they also hold a lesson (or ten!) for all adults or kids who ever imagined they had their journey well in hand.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Humour, Surprises, Misadventures, Rabbits, Numbers

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A wry cautionary tale about road safety and the best-laid plans, this irreverent book follows 10 bunnies who board a bus to town. Their eventful journey is an apt analogy for life, and shows readers how to meet the unexpected with a good dose of humour and stoicism.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tansulinn.com

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-4828-7949-6

Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tan Su Linn