List: Dad’s Too Busy

Title of Picture Book: Dad’s Too Busy

Author: Lily Kong

Illustrator: Jeanette Yap

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Meet Emma. She’s six. She’s smart. And she has a tabby cat … that she took in without her Mum’s and Dad’s permission. To be fair, she did try to tell them;they were just too busy to listen.

But soon the secret becomes difficult to keep …

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

5 Keywords (other than themes): Pets, busy, parents, permission, time

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A charming story which is perhaps a wake-up call to busy parents to be more attentive to their children.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5767-6

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

List: A Stray

Title of Picture Book: A Stray

Author: Michael Wang

Illustrator: Neal Sharp

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

Publisher’s Blurb: A Stray is a story about Myra-Lou who longs to have a stray cat for a pet. Her parents are appalled and her brother disgusted, but Myra-Lou is insistent. After much haggling and a turn of events, Myra-Lou finally gets her stray.

This beautifully illustrated story deals with a young girl’s desire to improve the life of another and her parents’ journey to understand her better.


5 Keywords (other than themes): Pet, parents, adopting, caring, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The twist in the story about what happened to the toy cat and later the pet cat which Myra-Lou was given before she got to keep them as the “stray” she wanted would seem odd to some readers. 

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-47-5130-8

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