Title of Picture Book: The Bird Who Was Afraid of Heights
Author: Farah Bagharib-Kaltz
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?
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
Title of Picture Book: Liam, the Brave
Author: Michael Wang
Illustrator: Simon Koay
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Marshall Cavendish Children, Singapore
Publisher’s Blurb: Liam, the Brave is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who overcomes his greatest fear: butterflies. Liam desperately wants to become The Bravest Boy in the World, and he goes through an extraordinary journey of self-discovery to face and overcome his fear. Beyond simply being a story about a boy with an irrational fear, it is also a story about perseverance and how accolades don’t matter. What is most important is being true to oneself.
5 Keywords (not including themes): Fear, Butterfly, School, Nature, Winning
Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story deals with a topic that deserves conversations about – fear. While the story is not presented in the most exciting manner, Liam’s methodological way to overcoming his fear is interesting and would make a good talking point, as would the end of the story.
Where to buy or borrow (if available): NLB Singapore
ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5129-2