FISHING FOR A NEW BOOK?
Joyce Koh investigates some of Silverfish Books’s kid-friendly offerings
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.