Happy Hat

Title of Picture Book: Happy Hat

Author: Cecil Kim

Illustrator: Joo-kyeong Kim

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Big & Small Publisher

Publisher’s Blurb: In this story, a finely crafted hat finds its circumstances change through its life. Whatever its situation, the hat finds pleasure and satisfaction.

Retold from Korean by Joy Cowley.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): positive thinking, creativity, clothing, people, nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A beautifully illustrated and simple story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-1-921790-51-5

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


List: Pittodrie Pirates – What’s a Blue Furry?


Title: Pittodrie Pirates: What’s a Blue Furry? (Book 1)

Author: Lynette Morrison

Illustrator: Lee Kowling

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

Publisher’s Blurb: The young pirates of Pittodrie love to sing, dance, play and make friends. In the first book of their travels, they sail to the mysterious Glenelg Island and meet the delightful Blue Furry and the ominous Purple Spike. But are these creatures really what they seem? Find out with your children in this new series of courage, friendship and adventure.

Brief Review: This is the 1st book of 4 books where it takes the reader on an fun filled adventure with 5 pirates siblings in the islands near their home. The adventures sparkle imaginative play amongst the children.

5 Key Words: Courage, Pirates, Songs, Siblings, Mission

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4413-69-5

Submitted by: Jo Chia

List: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same


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Author: Eve Aw

Illustrator: Yunroo

Publisher: Epigram Books, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: It’s time for our yearly reunion dinner with Grandma. We love Grandma but oh dear! Is she going to ask those same questions again? It can be rather tiring to answer them every year. But maybe, the answers are not really that important to Grandma after all …


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Quick Review: A lovely story about family, traditions and changes as we grow. While the story is about Lunar New Year reunions, the illustrations by Yunroo adds whimsy and delight.

5 Key Words: Growing Up, Traditions, Food, Sibling, Hobbies

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4655-39-2

List: Fatimah and Her Magic Socks

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Title: Fatimah and Her Magic Socks

Author: Zizi Azah Abdul Majid

Illustrator: Izmir Ickbal

Publisher: Candid Kids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: One rainy Sunday afternoon, Fatimah was at home feeling bored. But just when she thought it was going to be just another ordinary day, she met with a mysterious and magical lion which took her on a great adventure! In this newly discovered world of fun and magic, she stumbled upon a very grumpy, angry man. What ever would Fatimah say to this grouch?

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Quick Review: Using colourful and mismatching pair of socks, the story  deals with happiness and conformity. Where rhymes are used, they were delightful.

5 Key Words: Clothing, Socks, Colours, Imagination, Dance

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-08-2363-4