FISH­ING FOR A NEW BOOK?

Joyce Koh in­ves­ti­gates some of Sil­ver­fish Books’s kid-friendly of­fer­ings

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Culture -

Where is my ball?

Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by Yu­sof Ga­jah For Ages 3-4 Malaysia’s fore­most naïve art artist Yu­sof Ga­jah, known for his ele­phant-themed paint­ings, tells a charm­ing lit­tle story of a red ele­phant in search of his red ball. The red ele­phant meets the blue ele­phant, the green ele­phant and many other zanily colour­ful ele­phants in his quest. Lit­tle tots will def­i­nitely love the oddly shaped large mam­mals, and at the same time, par­ents can teach the young ones about colour. Pub­lished by Pic­ture Book Art, the print­ing qual­ity is re­ally good and we love the art-like il­lus­tra­tions. You know what? Dumbo can wait. RM20.

The Magic Buf­falo

Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by Jainal Amamb­ing For Ages 5-7 What do you do when all your friends have buf­faloes but you don’t? Drawing on his ex­pe­ri­ences of grow­ing up in a long­house, Saba­han writer and illustrator Jainal Amamb­ing gives us a peek into East Malaysia through his story of a child and his toy buf­falo. Work­ing mainly with gouache, the il­lus­tra­tions in this sim­ple tale are ren­dered with thick, colour­ful strokes, show­ing scenes of vil­lage life and a fan­tas­ti­cal child­like imag­i­na­tion. ‘The Magic Buf­falo’ is part of the win­ning col­lec­tion in the NOMA CON­COURS Il­lus­tra­tions Prize. RM20.

Leg­endary Princesses of Malaysia

Writ­ten by Ra­man Il­lus­trated by Emila Yu­sof For Ages 8-12 Seven trays of mos­quito hearts, seven trays of the hearts of mites… and a cup of the king’s blood. So goes the leg­endary tale of a king who tried to win the heart of Pu­teri Gu­nung Ledang. In­clud­ing ten sto­ries of princesses from the fa­mous (Hang Li Po and the East Coast’s princess of the sea, Ulek Mayang) to the lesser known (Princess Bi­dasari and his­tor­i­cal mem­bers of Ke­lan­tanese roy­alty) and with in­ter­est­ing pre-Is­lamic mys­ti­cal el­e­ments, this will ap­peal to lit­tle girls who are tired of Dis­ney princesses. RM28.

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