Mina Meets Cambridge

Title of Picture Book: Mina Meets Cambridge

Author: Hidayah Amin

Illustrator: Jafri Janif

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mina is excited to visit her elder sister, Zara, in Cambridge. Mina has heard so much about Cambridge University from Zara and longs to visit. As Mina spends time with her sister, she discovers many interesting facts about Cambridge. However, she wonders why Zara does not seem to notice the charming characters they meet along the way …

Mina Meets Cambridge is a whimsical story of an imaginative girl’s adventure in Cambridge. There she learns that in order to be successful, one needs to work hard, persevere, and have courage to dream big.

Age 9 and above; also for the dreamers and the young at heart.

This book is also available in Braille.

The typeface used in this book is know as Dyslexie Font, a five specially designed for people with dyslexia.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Imagination, famous people, aspiration, history, science

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Informative.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4282-3

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

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Like Fins for Feet

Title of Picture Book: Like Fins for Feet

Author: Perry Ho

Illustrator: Kristal Melson

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

Publisher’s Blurb: One day, you awake to find a Blue Whale in your room. It is no different from the wind blowing a moth or a paper bag across your path. Once you get over the whalenss of the moment, your day goes on, like it did yesterday, and most likely, like it will tomorrow. Today however …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Poem, feelings, imagination, whale, size

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Poetic and perhaps somewhat philosophical.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-34-5

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

Discover an Island Called Temasek

Title of Picture Book: Discover an Island called Temasek

Author: Moriko Kristiansen

Illustrator: Enrico Sllustio

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

Publisher’s Blurb: It is our wish to present this series to Singaporean children with a fun and creative approach to their culture and history. In these books, they will be able to experience their national heritage through the time travels and adventures of Ooof and Peppi, two friendly visitors form another planet.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): history, imagination, time travel, lion, space

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Lively illustrations

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-296-010-54-38

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

Three Stars

Title of Picture Book: Three Stars

Author: Shamini Flint

Illustrator: Craig Smith

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Mummy decided that if Sasha and Spencer were good, well-behaved children, they would each get a gold star.

Sasha was very excited about the plan!

Spencer was less excited.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): behaviour, reward, helping, siblings, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Spencer was indeed less excited and very imaginative. Was his tantrums a little rude?

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-2394-8

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

The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Title of Picture Book: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs

Author: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Illustrator: Lee Ju-Lyn & Levene Wong

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Self-published

Publisher’s Blurb: The Spider with Seven Tau-geh Legs is the culmination of a creative collaboration between two Singaporean artists.

Lee Ju-Lyn enjoys combining different forms and ideas. She is the author of All the People Imagine (2008), a “Murakami-meets-Tim-Burton-meets-blog entries collection of short fiction …”, and Millie, an experimental literary work supported by the NAC Arts Creation Fund (2010).

Levene Wong is an artist whose works express a childlike imagination to the world around her. She has exhibited in Melbourne, Australia, from her Wander series. Specialising in creating visuals for the young at heart, Levene has worked with publishers both in Singapore and abroad.

5 Keywords (other than themes): failure, positive, vegetable, imagination, art

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A whimsical story about facing challenges in life positively.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4170-3

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

List: Salted Fish

Title of Picture Book: Salted Fish

Author: Yeo Wei Wei

Illustrator: Ye Shufang

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Lynn is visiting the National Art Gallery for the first time with her favourite toy Cotton Bunny. Both of them notice a funny smell in one of the galleries. The smell seems to be coming from one of the paintings! Lynn and Cotton Bunny are about to embark on a journey that they will never forget, a journey where art, memory, and the present meet.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, artwork, gallery, painting, food

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the National Gallery Singapore, featuring a famous painting by Cheong Soo Pieng.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-08-6444-6

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

List: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Title of Picture Book: Stacey goes to The Peranakan Museum

Author: Lianne Ong

Illustrator: James Tan

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

Publisher’s Blurb: When Stacey accompanies her aunt to the Peranakan Museum, she does not realise what an adventure it’ll become.

Boy, is she in for a wonderful surprise …

5 Keywords (other than themes): culture, kebaya, imagination, history, museum

Brief Review (in under 50 words): An imaginative visit to the museum.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4597-80-7

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

List: Places

Title of Picture Book: Places – Stories from the Eastern Part of Singapore

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Various (see blurb)

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Places was conceptualised to introduced the art of creating children’s picture book revolving around cherished landmarks from the East, and to inculcate a love for reading and appreciation of Singapore Literature. As part of the National Library Board and National Arts Council’s initiative to bridge the arts and the communities, this project sought to connect aspiring writers and illustrators with artists at the Public Libraries, facilitating conversations and discussions. Led by a team of 5 established artists from different fields – Adeline Foo, Lee Kowling, Denise Tan, Lynette Morrison and Chan Wai Han, participants learnt various aspects of creating a children’s picture book through techniques in story-writing, editing, layout and illustration.

Author-illustrators represented in this collection is indicated in the photo of the content page below.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, memories, imagination, cloud, legend

Brief Review (in under 50 words): This is an interesting collection of different kinds of stories and illustrations were done in a variety of styles. The mix includes an imaginary story with a pet cloud, a legend set in Ubin, a visit to great grandma, the life of an old house to an adventurous day in a shophouse.

The text are all written in rhymes.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-5909-8

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

List: I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore!

Title of Picture Book: I Don’t Want Mei Mei Anymore!

Author: Lynn Lee

Illustrator: Phua San San

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

Publisher’s Blurb: mark has a bay sister, Mei Mei. One day, Mark gets so mad with her, he decided she doesn’t want Mei Mei anymore! That night, the children have an amazing adventure and Mark gets a chance to exchange Mei Mei for another baby. he picks different baby animals, but each is just not right. Will he find the perfect baby?

A delightful adventure if a little boy who comes to terms with his baby sister blues.

5 Keywords (other than themes): Sibling rivalry, imagination, animals, rockets, fun

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A delightful story.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4266-06-2

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

List: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Title of Picture Book: The Adventures of Max and Ritchie

Author: Various (see blurb)

Illustrator: Li Sicong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Max is a self-centred boy who dislikes the outdoors. One day, his parents bring him to the forest for a walk, where he finds himself separated from them and plunged into its very depths!

In order to be reunited with them, he has to complete a quest set for him by the Fairy of the Forest.

On this exciting quest, he meets many different plants and animals and he is shown the true beauty of nature. Join him on this exciting adventure and be part of the story yourself.

Created by students from Raffles Institution’s Ecological Literacy Programme. Authors: Gerald Tan Wei Hao, Russell Tan Pin Xue, Tee Yan Yie, Katherine Lee En Ying, Kenneth Tan Yan Han, Aaron Leow Chung Yong

5 Keywords (other than themes): Nature trail, plants, animals, go green, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Based on an actual nature trail in MacRitchie forest, this offers an interesting way to talk about local plants and animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9097-4

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