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Posted on May 24, 2020 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories: Timothy and the Phubbers

Bursting with larger than life characters and written in a broad narrative voice reminiscent of Roald Dahl, Timothy and the Phubbers is a laugh out loud school comedy whose misfit characters struggle with the trials of new classmates, school projects, and a world overrun with the smartphone-savvy elite (also known as Phubbers).

Posted on May 10, 2020 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories: Understanding Singaporeans — Why Do Malays Avoid Pork?

This post is part of our series for the duration of the Circuit Breaker measures to shine a spotlight on SingLit books that we find to be uniquely encouraging. If you already own the book, perhaps you might want to dig out your copy to read again. If you don’t already have it, we’ll drop a link to our online catalogue below.

Over the next two weeks, we’re spotlighting books that celebrate our Malay friends and neighbours. As part of our Circuit Breaker series, we hope these books will remind us to be kind, mindful, and encouraging of each other during this Ramadan period. Happy reading!

Posted on May 3, 2020 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories: The Ollie Comics

3 weeks.
Every morning, I wake up and I’m amazed to find this new tiny human in my house. I think to myself, where did she come from? A year ago, she didn’t exist in my family at all. But here she is now.

The Ollie Comics, Drewscape

Life doesn’t stop because of a Circuit Breaker. School holidays continue, festivals roll in, and babies are born every day. A humorous and gentle peek into the lives of new parents, The Ollie Comics charts memories, new parent woes and worries, and how to overcome them in daily comic form.

Posted on February 23, 2020 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Book Review: Have You Seen My Trumpet?

‘Who thinks it’s too CROWded?’‘Who is chasing the PIGeon?’ Michael Escolier’s clever wordplay stands out in this beautiful hardcover picture book, encouraging kids to scour playful illustrations for answers that are slyly hidden within the questions themselves. Of course it is the disgruntled CROW who finds the boat too crowded. There’s runs the PIG as […]

Posted on January 19, 2020 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Book Review: Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same

Every Lunar New Year, Grandma would ask the same questions, wear the same “lucky” red, cook the same “lucky” food, give the same “lucky” amount, and invite the same “lucky” lions. Grandma and the Things that Stay the Same The year turns, the lanterns are lit, the table is laden. Food, family, and festivities: it’s […]

Posted on November 22, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Interviewer: What’s the best reaction you’ve had to your work?

Jim Kay: I’ve had a few letters saying they couldn’t get their children to read a book, but the illustrated version has finally got them reading. So I couldn’t ask for more really. It’s such a privilege. If you help one person engage with books, the hours, the solitude is worth it because you’ve hopefully helped somebody on a life of literary discovery.

It might sometimes seem like a new collector’s edition of the Harry Potter series is announced every year, whether it’s aimed at kids who have never read the books or the adults who grew up with them. But the two-year wait for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has resulted in a Harry Potter book truly worth owning for fans both new and old.

Posted on October 25, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Book Review: The Brilliant Oil Lamp

They pass by vegetable farms and forests and finally arrive at the new housing estate. The children gasp when tall buildings come into view. The apartments are stacked on top of one another — up to twenty stories high!

The Brilliant Oil Lamp

When Asha’s family moves to the new HDB flats in Toa Payoh, the first thing to do is set up the altar and light the brass diya, a beautiful oil lamp in the shape of a peacock that shines as though it were gold.

Posted on August 31, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Book Review: The House on Silat Road

In March, we hosted the authors of The House on Silat Road for a talk during the #BuySingLit Campaign. Si-Hoe S.S., the ‘real Sing’ whose memories form the basis for this book, recounted her most harrowing experience during World War II, as the family had to evacuate their home as bombs fell around them.

Posted on July 31, 2019 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Book Review: The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things by Libby Deutsch and Valpuri Kerttula

Every day we are surrounded by ordinary objects and services that have been on the most extraordinary journeys to reach us — journeys that are all happening RIGHT NOW. Take a look around you. What do you see? Where does it come from? How did it begin?

Once you start noticing these extraordinary journeys, you’ll never look at the world in the same way again…

Posted on January 19, 2018 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Elf Reads: Orion and the Dark

Orion and the Dark cover_o

About this book:

Orion is scared of … wasps and monsters and girls and sheds and storms and dogs and spiders and heights, but most of all he’s scared of the dark! Join Orion on an adventure as he faces his biggest fear and finds out it’s friendly!

Posted on January 12, 2018 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Elf Reads: The Lion Inside

The Lion Inside

About this book:

A mouse feels small and insecure and determines that what he needs to do is learn how to roar like a lion. He knows he has to act brave when he approaches a lion to learn how. In a hilarious turn of events, the lion is afraid of mice! The mouse comforts the lion, they become friends, and we learn that there’s a lion and a mouse inside all of us.

Posted on January 6, 2018 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Elf Reads: The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty

Mr Qwerty

About this book:

Norman Qwerty is a man of many ideas, and none of them is the least bit ordinary. He’s quite certain that no one else thinks the way he does, and so he keeps his ideas to himself. But when his ideas get simply too big to hold in, Norman builds the most extraordinary thing! Soon, the beloved Mr Qwerty is never alone (unless he wants to be!), and the world will never be the same.

Posted on March 31, 2017 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Elf Reads: Maia and What Matters


About this book:

Maia is an impatient little scamp. When something pops into her head, she wants it. Now! Right this minute! Her grandma’s just the same and they get along like a house on fire. One day Grandma falls ill and loses her control over words. The grown-ups don’t seem to understand her, but Maia never loses sight of her strong, wonderful grandma and knows exactly what she means.

A beautiful and accessible book about the enduring relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter in the face of illness and aging.

Posted on March 22, 2017 by woodsinthebooks on blog!, Elf Reads

Elf Reads: The Inquisitor’s Tale

Inq tale

About this book:

1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.

Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.