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

Listing: The Lonely Boy and the Ugly Dog

IMG_6269Title of Picture Book: The Lonely Boy and the Ugly Dog

Author: Eliza Teoh

Illustrator: John Lim

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

Publisher’s Blurb: An awkward boy. A hideous dog. An unlikely friendship. Then, a terrible disaster … Whimsical and heartfelt, this is a story of friendship, loyalty, bravery and sacrifice.


5 Keywords (other than themes): fire, acceptance, history, art, loneliness

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A story written entirely in rhyme. Inspired by a painting by Liu Kang (Life by the River) and a historic fire in Singapore.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-7202-8

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

List: A Boar at My Door

Photo 25-4-17, 1 50 45 PMTitle of Picture Book: A Boar at My Door

Author: Keith Wo, Alicia Le, Lim Xue Xian, Tag Wan Yi, Chiu Guan Ru

Illustrator: Cha Da Eun

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

Publisher’s Blurb: “It has to go. It is a wild boar after all.”
Join Billy, a little wild boar, on an exciting adventure after he ends up lost and alone in an unfortunate turn of events.
Journey with him as he tried to find his family, meeting awesome new friends and also a fearsome foe along his way.
Will Billy ever reunite with his missing family and find a home where he truly belongs?

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5 Keywords (not including themes): Ecology, Pet, Animal, Family, Nature

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A most commendable effort by young authors and illustrator. The collaged illustrations are delightful, and can inspire young readers to create something similar. A good way to spark an interest in conservation and how we should treat wild animals.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-09-4454-4

List: Scamper and the One-Dollar Note


Photo 22-4-17, 4 58 40 PMTitle: Scamper and the One-Dollar Note

Author: Mabelle Yeo Hui Leng

Illustrator: MaryAnn Loo

Publisher: Armour Publishing, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Scamper’s human friend brings him to the coffee shop to buy some food. It is a trip like any other, until a one-dollar note falls out of her pocket and Scamper leaps into action to get it back. But a young boy picks it up and spends it before Scamper can reach it, and so our adventurous blue budgie follows the note as it falls into the hands of one resident after another. Will he be able to retrieve the note? And what stories would he tell of its travel?

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Quick Review: The nostalgic setting of the story introduces the readers to Singapore in the 80’s and before, including some local terms. The whole story was written in rhyme which did not work well with me.

5 Key Words: Pet, History, Food, Money, Friends

Where to Buy or Borrow (if available): NLB Singapore

ISBN: 978-981-4461-82-5