List: Karang Guni Boy

Title of Picture Book: Karang Guni Boy

Author: Lorraine Tan

Illustrator: Eric Wong

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Ming loves to make things. But he doesn’t have any money to help him create his inventions. One day, hearing the ‘beep, beep, beep’ of the Karung Guni man’s car horn, he is inspired to make something out of the unwanted things he collects. So he asks his neighbours, who are only too happy to help. With a plan in mind and tools in hand, Ming surprises everyone with a wonderful creation that they can also use!

The Karang Guni man is a rag-and-bone man. “Karang Guni” is a Malay phrase for gunny sack. The practice of Karang Guni was common in Singapore but is a dying trade now.

5 Keywords (other than themes): maker, traditional job, recycling, problem solving, neighbours

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Eric’s illustration included interesting objects made from corrugated board – an inspiration in themselves.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4615-83-9

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

List: Caring for the Elderly

Title of Picture Book: Caring for the Elderly with Singa and the Kindness Cubbies

Author: Sheri Tan

Illustrator: Sarah Lam

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Join Singa, a cheerful lion, and his cubbie friends, in their adventures. They learn about being loving and thinking of others, and so can you!
It’s Befriend An Elderly Day, but Sher is too busy to take care of her senior friend. She soon realises what she’s missing out on.


5 Keywords (other than themes): kindness, seniors, caring, problem solving, knitting

Brief Review (in under 50 words): The story is based on an episode from an animated series.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4668-93-4

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

List: Picking Up a Penguin’s Egg Really Got Me into Trouble

Title of Picture Book: Picking Up a Penguin’s Egg Really Got Me into Trouble

Author: Neil Humphreys

Illustrator: Cheng Puay Koon

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Four-year old Abbie Rose has a magic suitcase. In this book, she goes on an exciting adventure to the snowy world of the South Pole with her best friend Billy. When she arrives, she meets a funny family of Adelie Penguins. Always a curious little girl, Abbie Rose picks up a penguin’s egg which causes all sorts of problems.
The penguins chase her. the ice breaks and they head out to the deep blue sea … where a hungry leopard seal is waiting. Fortunately, an unlikely hero comes up with a really clever plan to save the day.

5 Keywords (other than themes): imagination, south pole, problem solving, environment, animals

Brief Review (in under 50 words): Imaginative tale.

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

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-4484-18-3

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

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Ariel and Her Honesty Pig_coverTitle: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Ariel and Her Honesty Pig

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Patrick Yee

Publisher and Country: MandarinaKids, Singapore

Publisher’s Blurb: Ariel has a weak leg. She thinks that children will not befriend her because of her leg. She tells a lie about having many friends. Meng Meng and An An help Ariel learn the values of honesty and friendship.

Ariel and her Honesty Pig

5 Keywords (other than themes): friendship, honesty, birthday, problem-solving, bilingualism.

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates honesty and friendship.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-9660-0

Submitted by  Pauline Loh

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Little Jay Writes an Adventure_hi resTitle of Picture Book: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Little Jay Writes an Adventure

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Evon leAngelis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Little Jay does not like to read, but his cousins Meng Meng and An An have their own way of helping him. Meng Meng and An An show what it means to care for the family.

Little Jay Writes an Adventure

5 Keywords (other than themes): family, love for reading, imagination, problem-solving, bilingualism

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates family and the joy of reading.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-6180-6

Submitted by Pauline Loh

List: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Grandma’s Eightieth Birthday

cover_Grandma 80th birthdayTitle of Picture Book: Chronicles of Meng Meng and An An – Grandma’s Eightieth Birthday

Author: Pauline Loh

Illustrator: Evon leAngelis

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

Publisher’s Blurb: Grandma’s eightieth birthday is coming and but it looks like the family cannot celebrate together because everyone is either busy or sick. Meng Meng and An An work hard to solve the problem.

Grandma's 80th birthday

5 Keywords (other than themes): Family, filial piety, problem-solving, bilingualism, Chinese language

Brief Review (in under 50 words): A bilingual picture book with Chinese, English and hanyu pinyin. Fun flip ups and an audio CD complements this book that celebrates family and filial piety.

Where to buy or borrow (if available): https://paulineltl.wordpress.com/

ISBN Number (if available): 978-981-07-1530-4

Submitted by Pauline Loh