Monday, June 22, 2015

'Hang Nadim and the Garfish' book launch

Todak is Garfish and not Swordfish as we had been told. Tipah tertipu (I've been deceived). Swordfish are not schooling fish. They swim alone or in very loose aggregations, separated by as much as 10 metres from a neighbouring swordfish. So, it could be the garfish (not swordfish) which attacked Singapore then.

Anyway, we launched my fourth book last Saturday at the Superhero Me Festival. This inclusive Hang Nadim and the Garfish is the first book in the Little Kids, Big Ideas series of children’s picture books. 

The project, known as To S.I.R (Socially Inclusive Reads) with Love, gives kids – with or without special needs – equal opportunities to enjoy good books. It seeks to reach out to a new audience and members (children/families/friends/educators) of the special needs community.

The Little Kids, Big Ideas series celebrates every child’s potential, motivating kids to believe in themselves and their abilities to make a difference to the world.

Check out the launch photos on Facebook

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Sweet is the smell of the mango...

Ahhh, sweet is the smell of the mango and poetic justice (revenge!). My mango tree lives on...

Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award (HABA) 2015
The Mango Tree is the winner of the HABA with Chew Chia Shao Wei's The Rock and the Bird.

*There were 63 entries from Singapore.

And no, I didn't utter "Sweet revenge!" (as mentioned in my HABA blog post) to that Minister who presented the award to me. I just smiled sweetly at him.

Samsung KidsTime Author’s Award 2015
The Mango Tree is the Grand Prize Winner of the Samsung KidsTime Author’s Award. 

*There were 149 entries from the ASEAN countries, 32 second prize winners. Grand Prize Winners: 2 from Vietnam, 2 from the Philippines, 1 from Indonesia and 1 from Singapore.

Psst... 'Elvira' (from Daria's rantings) who loves pencilling her eyebrows long and thin, and insulting my books (that she hasn't even read). Well, Elvira, one of my 'not-so-good' books actually won TWO prestigious awards. Dig that!

And to the people who killed my mango tree, you'll be 'glad' to know that readers in Asia will now get to read The Mango Tree story on their Samsung mobile phones. And their curious minds will then bring them to discover the truth of your cruelty...