Where Oh Where is Monty Bear?

Title of Picture Book: WhereOh Where is Monty Bear? Singapore

Author: Belinda Trewartha, Rebecca Hamer

Illustrator: Zura Johnson

Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Monty Bear Pty Ltd

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Monty Bear

Monty is a special bear with a story to tell.

When we last met Monty, he had opened his magical book and with an explosion of fireworks, Monty was transported to the twinkling star on the map.

Join Monty on his first adventure as he learns to be open-minded and confident, explores Singapore and solves a riddle along the way.

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, Singapore, merlion, confidence, imagination

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A virtual tour of Singapore. One of the main character was said to be riding a rickshaw when it should be trishaw.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-0-6-180285-1-2

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

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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: Marco Goes East

Title of Picture Book: Marco Goes East

Author: John Koh & Adelia Yeo

Illustrator: Shelley Low

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

Publisher’s Blurb: (None)

Marco, the little dragon, goes on a journey through some of our civilisation’s greatest cities and monuments, such as the Parthenon, Sphinx, Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and Gardens by the Bay.

5 Keywords (other than themes): landmarks, geography, world map, dragon, travel

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Attractive illustrations.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 878-981-07-9085-1

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