Elizabeth Meets the Queen

Title of Picture Book: Elizabeth Meets the Queen

Author: Gwen Lee

Illustrator: Arai Kreva

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Born in the jungles of Borneo, Elizabeth Choy travels to Singapore and becomes a teacher. As a result of helping prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation, she goes through much suffering and torture. Journey with our wartime heroine as she tides through hardship towards freedom and finally meets the Queen of England.

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): history, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): war, history, perseverance, heroine, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A simply told biography.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4757-00-3

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

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The Proud Racer

Title of Picture Book: Adventures of Molly – The Proud Racer

Author: Children’s Services, Public Libraries Singapore

Illustrator: Children’s Services, Public Libraries Singapore

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): National Library Board, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: (None provided)

Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): friends, values

5 Keywords (other than themes): reading, pride, helpful, car races, library

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Molly the “clumsy bus library” meets a Racer in trouble and helps him.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-2697-0

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

How Many More Days to Hari Raya?

Title of Picture Book: How Many More Days to Hari Raya?

Author: Fazeelah Khan, Kamilah Kamis

Illustrator: Raihan Ismail

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

Publisher’s Blurb: My family and I are busy getting ready for Hari Raya … but when will that special day come? I can hardly wait!

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): hari raya, festival, food, helpful, Malay

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Provides some insights into what preparing for Hari Raya involves and the Malay culture.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-9971-77-778-4

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

Caged Bird of Singapore

Title of Picture Book: Caged Bird of Singapore

Author: Helene Gaborit (Translated by Catherine and Jimmy Cousins)

Illustrator: Claude Sauquet

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Open Book Editions, Cambodia

Publisher’s Blurb: On her way home from school, Anika discovers a mysterious bird on the banks of the Singapore river.

The 8 year old little girl, with the complicity of the saved bird, helps us discover the customs of everyday life of this close-to-nature town country while she discovers the meaning of true friendship herself.

The exceptional illustrations support the story through collage and gouche.

Anika’s story takes us ona cultural journey. The Glossary explains to us some interesting details of life in Asia.

5 Keywords (other than themes): food, landmarks, bird, freedom, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A slightly exotic version of Singapore, and a few factual errors in the glossary.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-999-63-5973-6

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

List: Pura the Cat

Title of Picture Book: Pura the Cat

Author: Tan Soon Meng

Illustrator: Ann Gee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Pura lives at Boat Quay with his three best friends. Other stray cats don’t pay any attention to Pura – until they find out that he is a special kind of cat. But when he gets in trouble, Pura finds out just who his real friends are.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): cats, breed, helpful, friendship, strays

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4398-23-7

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

List: Monster Day on Tabletop Hill

Title of Picture Book: Monster Day on Tabletop Hill

Author: Akiko Sueyoshi

Illustrator: David Liew

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Forky is a lively fork boy who lives on Tabletop Hill. He loves playing with his friends at Sugar Cube Park. And that’s where they are one day, when the sudden sound of clanging bells make them all freeze with fear. On no, it’s Monster Day! Forky’s friends run home, but Forky’s wide-eyed curiosity leads him to discover a whole new circle of friends, who turns out to be not so scary after all.

5 Keywords (other than themes): monster, friendship, Japanese, fear, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The English text appears to be slightly wordy.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-9354-2

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

List: The Great Dragon Warrior

Title of Picture Book: The Great Dragon Warrior

Author: Ng Swee San

Illustrator: Wen Dee Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Basmi’s dream of becoming a great warrior might finally come true: A mighty dragon is living in the cave right by him. Oh, the things he could learn from this hero. What a lesson for Basmi when the dragon warrior appears at last.

5 Keywords (other than themes): honesty, telling the truth, bravery, helpful, caution

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A twist in this tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-46-1582-2

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

List: Tibby the Tiger-Bunny

Title of Picture Book: Tibby the Tiger-Bunny

Author: Emily Lim

Illustrator: Jade Fang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Poor Tibby! All he ever wanted was some friends to play with, but the other rabbits thought that he was too strange. After all, he could pounce and roar like a tiger. But he also had long floppy ears and could hop like a bunny.

Was he a tiger or a bunny?

No one knew until the day Tibby showed everyone just how much of a tiger – and a bunny – he really was.

5 Keywords (other than themes): friend, rabbit, tiger, acceptance, helpful

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An interesting story with colourful illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-5834-9

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

List: Where Are All The Birds?

Title of Picture Book: Where Are All The Birds – The Extraordinary Mind of Dr Goh Keng Swee

Author: Darel Seow

Illustrator: Darel Seow

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Where are all the birds? Why am I in this world? How do we bring life to a dead island? Questions, questions, questions. They buzzed non-stop in Dr Goh Keng Swee’s mind, even as a little boy, and drove him into becoming one of the titans in Singapore’s success story. From providing jobs to building a formidable army to delighting in the wonders of nature, he left a lasting imprint in his fellow citizens at work and in play.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Curiosity, history, helpful, nature, questioning

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Structured using a series of interesting questions, Dr Goh’s life is presented in an interesting manner. There is also a hunt to find a hidden bird in each spread.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4655-79-8

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

List: The Runaway Who Became President

Title of Picture Book: The Runaway Who Became President – SR Nathan’s Journey of Hope

Author: Amanda Kee

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

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

Publisher’s Blurb: President SR Nathan had a difficult childhood. His father died when he was only eight years old. He was twice kicked out of school. Ashamed to face his mother, he ran away from home, begging for food and sleeping in street corners. But each time he was in need, a stranger would help him. Nathan remembered these acts of kindness and never lost hope. So when he became president, he wanted people to know that a little kindness can go a long way.


5 Keywords (other than themes): President, kindness, helpful, perseverance , history

Brief Review (in under 50 words): While a little text-heavy, it does tell an exemplary story of kindness and humility.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-170-0-606

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