List: Harry Straw Hat

Title of Picture Book: Harry Straw Hat

Author: Serene Wee

Illustrator: Conrad Raquel

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Scholastic Malaysia

Publisher’s Blurb: “It’s old and tatty. Shall we throw it away?”

Harry Straw Hat can hardly believe his ears. Was this his family talking – the family that once treasured him and now wants to throw him away?

Feeling unloved and unwanted, he begs Old Man Wind to whisk him away. The wind obliges, and suddenly Harry is up, sailing through the sky where he feels free!

But Old Boss Wind decides to change his mind and change the course of Harry’s life. Youngsters will delight in the gentle conclusion when Harry realises that home is where he belongs after all.

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5 Keywords (other than themes): communication, love, adventure, family, rhyme

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Written in rhymes. Author is from Singapore and illustrator from the Philippines.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-983-9604-09-2

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

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List: The Watchtower Warrior

Title of Picture Book: The Watchtower Warrior

Author: Shekinah Linn

Illustrator: Tan Seow Wei

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Bud loves her father’s tales of the East and the West. Inspired by the stories, Little Bud comes up with a brilliant idea to protect her village from bandits.

A charming tale about a girl’s imagination and determination, inspired by a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Mulan, courage, creativity, helpfulness, perseverance

Brief Review (in under 50 words): “This lively text is sensitively matched with delicate illustrations to produce a story that is both endearing and inspiring.” – Joyce Dunbar, best-selling writer

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-08-6

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

Listing: The Kan Cheong Spider

FullSizeRender 2Title of Picture Book: The Kan Cheong Spider

Author: Wang Shijia

Illustrator: Han Qingping

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

Publisher’s Blurb: In The Kan Cheong Spider, Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Ang Ku Kueh Boy and Red Egg are in for a surprise at the Dragon Playground. They travel somewhere delicious and unexpected. But when something awful happens to Ang Ku Kueh Boy, how will Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Red Egg get him out of trouble?

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5 Keywords (other than themes): Being organised, honesty, family, Singapore icons, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This magical story is filled with Singaporean words and icons which could be a good way to talk about food, places and expressions from Singapore. The story is based on universal values.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4757-12-6

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

List: Playtime with Ye Ye

Cover_english_PlaytimeTitle of Picture Book: Playtime with Ye Ye

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Haw Shing Yee

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Perfect Playground Stories, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ye Ye has a strange and enjoyable way of sharing history with his grandson. Through play, he talks about immigrating to Singapore, the Japanese Occupation and Singapore’s independence. He makes a mess of the living room, but his grandson loves Ye Ye’s history lessons!

Playtime with Ye Ye

5 Keywords (other than themes): family, intergenerational bonding, early migrants, World War 2, Singapore independence.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Won irememberSG Fund 2014. 2nd prize in Samsung KidsTime Author Award 2015.
Available in English and Chinese. Children will enjoy the rhymes and learn about Singapore in a fun way. The book encourages family members to converse about their family’s history. A Fact Page at the back provides useful tips for parents and teachers to access more materials about Singapore’s past.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-1238-3

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List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Grandma’s Eightieth Birthday

cover_Grandma 80th birthdayTitle of Picture Book: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Grandma’s Eightieth Birthday

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Evon leAngelis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma’s eightieth birthday is coming and but it looks like the family cannot celebrate together because everyone is either busy or sick. Meng Meng and An An work hard to solve the problem.

Grandma's 80th birthday

5 Keywords (other than themes): Family, filial piety, problem-solving, bilingualism, Chinese language

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates family and filial piety.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1530-4

Submitted by Pauline Loh

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