Book Series that we love: Our (current) favourite Chapter Book series!

J, who is now 7 years old, has become rather a prolific reader and there are a few book series for young readers that have been responsible for encouraging him on his reading journey. Currently, my aim for J to get him to progress towards chapter books that not only increase his vocabulary and reading fluency, but also widen his imagination or scope of interests. Choosing books that appeal to little boys has been quite a challenge for me! I was brought up on a steady diet of Laura Ingalls and Anne of Green Gables, both of which are wonderful book series but do nothing to engage J’s attention. I have since discovered that in order to encourage J to stay with a book for more than a few pages, the book had to contain some or all of the following aspects:

  1. Text as well as illustrations – a great black and white wall of text was just too intimidating for a young reader.
  2. Fictional subject matter that involves intelligent young male heroes, fast-paced action and a little bit of cheeky humour.
  3. Factual subject matter of the slightly yucky kind.

So, here are…

J’s current Top Three Favourite Chapter Book Series

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket lemony-snicket-unfortunate-events This is a series of 13 books, each with 13 chapters, following the melancholy adventures of the three Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny. The books trace the lives of the Baudelaire orphans as they pass through various foster homes before going on the run from the police, whilst being pursued by a self-proclaimed ‘distant relative’, Count Olaf, who is bent on acquiring the Baudelaire’s considerable inheritance. Along the way, they uncover the mystery surrounding their parents’ deaths and encounter all manner of exciting things like secret organisations, venomous snakes and delicious pasta. The author, Lemony Snicket, is as much a character in the books as well as their narrator and commentator – and his satirical humour is evident throughout the novels, often warning the reader that very few positive events take place in each book and even suggesting that the books be discarded in favour of more cheerful pursuits. The stories are accompanied by beautifully detailed black and white illustrations by Brett Helquist which are Victorian in style and add to the gothic nature of the books. The pictures often hold clues as to the true nature of people and events in the story that are not fully described in the text, and this adds an extra dimension to the books as the reader has a chance to play detective (which J thoroughly enjoyed).

Mummy Guide: These books are extremely well-written but the subject matter is a little bit on the morbid side, so if you have a particularly sensitive or anxious young reader then proceed with caution. Additionally, binge-reading these books is not recommended as you will feel miserable at the unfairness of it all. However, the underlying theme of maintaining a courageous and positive outlook in the face of adversity as well as the concept that moral decision-making is not always straight-forward are both great learning points!

2. Horrible Science by Nick Arnold  Horrible-science-books-fact-kids The Horrible Science books are basically little encyclopaedias covering a variety of science-related topics from physics, chemistry and biology, often in gruesome and disgusting detail. Every page is peppered with silly jokes and hilarious cartoons by Tony De Saulles which make each book a fun and engaging read – so it’s absolutely perfect for kids who are still entertained by toilet humour (which is all kids, really). J loves these books because they help to answer all his questions about the world and provide him with plenty of subject matter for creeping out his classmates.

Mummy Guide: These books are not afraid to be yucky and gross (because science is often messy) but there are no sexual themes or gratuitously written descriptions of gore.

3. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell cressida-cowell-train-dragon-books This is definitely our current TOP favourite chapter book series not only because the books are such an entertaining read and have dragons in them, but also because the main protagonist is one of the best role-models we have ever come across. (Did I forget to mention that there are dragons in these books?) At the moment, there are 11 books in the series, with the twelfth (and final) instalment due to be released in September of this year. The books are set in a fictional Viking world and record the experiences of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third and his tribe of Hairy Hooligans. The books generally deal with various aspects of the Viking Instructional Programme which also involves the capture and training of both small hunting dragons as well as larger riding dragons. This inevitably leads to Hiccup, his puny hunting dragon, Toothless, and his asthmatic best friend, Fishlegs, getting into some awful (and life-threatening) misadventure. As the books are meant to be the memoirs of an elderly Hiccup looking back over his young life, they are full of funny annotations, notes about dragons and crudely drawn sketches of various characters.

Mummy Guide: The books do involve quite a bit of violence (eg. sword fighting, hunting animals, people getting eaten by dragons etc.) but there are no graphic or gory descriptions. There’s also plenty of ridiculous potty humour of the sort that tends to appeal to little boys (eg. burping, farting, characters going through Advanced Name Calling training). However, Hiccup is a very well-written hero and his journey traces the struggles of his character as he grows into a good leader. One of the main themes of the series involves him having to make tough choices between what is right and what is easy, and through his actions, we can see the power of forgiveness, humility, compassion and loyalty.

Update: MPH Bookstores Singapore has kindly offered to sponsor a copy of How to train your Dragon: How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm by Cressida Cowell to TWO lucky Owls Well readers! Hooray!!

 To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page

2. Share this Facebook post (set to public) and tag a friend

3. Leave a comment below telling me about a chapter book or book series that you or your children have enjoyed. Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at 4owlswell@gmail.com

(This giveaway is open to people with a Singapore mailing address and ends on 7 April 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)

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Sir PTerry is Dead. Long Live the Discworld.

On the morning of Friday, 13th of March, the following messages appeared on Terry Pratchett’s twitter feed.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

All Good Things Must Come to an End

…and I cried, because this meant that Sir PTerry, author of over 70 books, including the famous Discworld series, was dead.  The literary world is all the poorer for his leaving this Earth so young.

Terry Pratchett’s books have a special place in the hearts of his readers and in the hearts of the Owls Well crew.  My personal favourites are Reaper Man and the books in the Tiffany Aching series.  Debs favours The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents and Men at Arms.  The Boobook’s favourite books are Hogfather and Thief of Time.  Even the Barn Owl has his favourites, The Colour of Magic and The Bromeliad Trilogy.

It is difficult to put into words how much the Discworld series, and Terry Pratchett’s other work mean to me.  Even now, as I type these words, I cannot help but feel tears streaming down my face as I recall how very alive he was as an author.  His books always brimmed with energy.  In his work, we could see our own world through a fantasy lens, realising the beauty in it while still recognising the terrible and awful things that needed changing. FullSizeRender(8)Back in University, I was able to attend a talk that he held in a small meeting room just off Darling Harbour.

Though the room was packed, he still somehow managed to make his speech feel intimate and friendly.  He spoke about having open heart surgery, about cosplayers at Discworld conventions and even chatted to a few of the cosplayers at the talk.  After the talk, he sat down to sign everyone’s books and I remember asking him if he had any books about Chinese people.  He said he did and handed me a copy of Interesting Times, which he signed with a flourish.  A present from him to me, he said.  I still treasure that book.

Three days later, the announcement came that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and yet he kept writing.  Even after he could no longer read, he continued to write through dictation.  Even now, after his death, there are still a number of books that will be published posthumously. Even though Sir Pratchett has gone, his books and characters will live on.  And for that, we are grateful.

Book Series that we love (Emerging Readers): Timmy & Tammy

One of the ways that I have been teaching J and Little E to read is through the use of books that are specially written for emerging readers.

These are little picture books that use a controlled, repeated vocabulary, with one or two sentences on each page printed in a large and clear text. These easy-to-read books are great for helping kids to match spoken words with print and for building up confidence in reading. Although there are plenty of beginners books on the market, I find it rather difficult to find really good books that use natural language and contain engaging subject matter.

However, when Armour Publishing introduced me to the homegrown Timmy and Tammy ‘Let Me Read’ series written by Ruth Wan-Lau, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the books were not only beautifully illustrated (by Eliz Ong) and well-written but also appealed very strongly to Little E. At the moment, we keep the books at the Aged P’s house and they are her current go-to books. She is always bringing them to the Aged Ps to get them to read along with her!

Part of the charm of the series lies in the fact that the stories are all set in Singapore and revolve around Timmy & Tammy’s adventures to popular local attractions such as the Botanic Gardens, Changi Airport and the Fire Station. Little E gets a real thrill out of pointing out familiar landmarks featured in the books and talking about cultural experiences mentioned in the books that are uniquely Singaporean.

Super cute illustrations by Eliz Ong

Super cute illustrations by Eliz Ong

I am not at all surprised to find out that the Timmy & Tammy series was selected to be part of the SG50 Jubilee Baby 2015 welcome package! That means Baby #3 is going to receive a set later this year! Woohoo!

A Special Something for Owls Well Readers: The kindly folk over at Armour Publishing are generously sponsoring a set of 5 Timmy & Tammy books to ONE lucky Owls Well Reader! Thank you, Armour Publishing!

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page

2. Be a fan of Timmy & Tammy Facebook Page

3. Leave a comment below telling me about a book or book series for emergent readers that you or your children have enjoyed. Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at 4owlswell@gmail.com

3. (Optional) To double your chances of winning, share or reblog this giveaway on any form of social media that you fancy and leave a comment below with the link!

(This giveaway is open to people living in Singapore and ends on 24 March 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)

P.S. You can purchase Timmy & Tammy books at S$34.50 (for a set of 5 books) or S$6.90 each from Popular Bookstores, Amazon Website or from Armour Publishing’s Website.

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been emailed – thanks for playing! 

Book Series that we love (For Preschoolers): The Adventures of Squirky The Alien

The Adventures of Squirky The Alien #1 and #2 by Melanie Lee

The Adventures of Squirky The Alien #1 and #2 by Melanie Lee

I am so glad to introduce this wonderful series of children’s books by my primary school chum, Melanie Lee, the author of Imaginary Friends! Yay! It’s so great to see brilliant work from local Singaporean authors!

This book series revolves around Squirky, a little blue alien from Planet Q who is living on Earth with his parents and sister Emma. In the first book, ‘Why Am I Blue?’, Squirky realises for the first time that he is different from the rest of his family, and his parents reveal to him that he is adopted.

The book deals very sensitively with the concept of adoption which is a subject very close to Melanie’s heart and provides a great springboard for discussion. I imagine that the books will be invaluable to adoptive parents who are looking for ways to gently and openly talk to their children about the subject. Melanie also includes links to useful resources about adoption as well as a very helpful FAQ at the back of ‘Why Am I Blue’ about the issues surrounding adoption which I found very informative. After reading the FAQ, I have a better understanding of the struggles and fears that adoptive parents go through when broaching the subject with their young ones, and I hope that I can be a better support to my friends who have adopted children.

I was very surprised to find that both J and Little E identify very strongly with Squirky, as (coming from an interracial background) they already know that they are different from the people around them. When they look in the mirror, they are both very aware that their outward appearances are different from that of their classmates. This is something that Squirky has to deal with in ‘Why Am I Blue?’ and he learns that being different makes him unique, and that he is not alone in the world when he is surrounded by a family who loves him.

Queen Stella

Queen Stella

J and Little E were also intrigued by Squirky’s story, which bears many similarities to that of DC Comic’s Superman (whom both of them are familiar with).

When Book #2 of the Squirky adventure series was released, J became very excited and could not wait to get home to read it to Little E! They were both captivated by the beautiful illustrations by local artist David Liew, especially his depiction of the beautiful and sad Queen Stella.

In ‘What Happened To Planet Q?’Squirky’s loving parents support his decision to search for his birth parents and find out more about his origins, so with the help of his sister Emma, he leaves his home on an exciting space adventure in the second book.

The theme of this book is on the concept of honesty and openness in communication which is something that I am currently trying to impress upon my children. The truth is oftentimes hard and painful, and the reaction you may get from telling the truth may be unpleasant, and this is something that Queen Stella experiences when talking to Squirky. However, lying through omission can be even more hurtful!

The Adventures of Squirky The Alien #3 by Melanie Lee

The Adventures of Squirky The Alien #3 by Melanie Lee

Squirky’s adventures continue in the latest addition to the series, ‘Who Is The Red Commander?’ and I have been very privileged to receive a preview copy of the book from MPH Group Publishing.

In ‘Who Is the Red Commander?’, Squirky and Emma land in the hostile environment of Planet R and bravely persist in their quest to find out about what happened to the inhabitants of his home Planet Q, meeting the mysterious and unfriendly Red Commander. In this book, both Squirky and Red Commander learns that facing one’s fears head-on can lead to forgiveness, personal growth and strength.

I really appreciate the way that Melanie weaves difficult concepts and themes into all the books, providing many opportunities for discussion with my kids – and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the rest of the series!

(By the way, Melanie and the book series illustrator David Liew will be at Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City on Saturday 14th March 2015 at 3:30pm and at Books Kinokuniya at Jurong Store on Saturday 22nd March 2015 at 2:00pm for the launch of Book #3 of the Squirky series! They will be conducting a storytelling session as well as some really fun art-and-craft activities for the little ones, so do hop on down and check it out. More details here.)

A Surprise for Owls Well Readers: MPH Bookstores Singapore is very generously sponsoring a full set (Books #1-3) of The Adventures of Squirky The Alien by Melanie Lee to TWO lucky Owls Well Readers! Woohoohoo!

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page

2. Be a fan of The Adventures of Squirky the Alien Facebook Page

3. Leave a comment below telling me about a book series that you or your kids are currently enjoying and why you think everyone should read it. Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at 4owlswell@gmail.com

3. (Optional) To double your chances of winning, share or reblog this giveaway on any form of social media that you fancy and leave a comment below with the link!

(This giveaway is open to people with a Singapore mailing address and ends on 17 March 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)

Good Luck!

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been contacted by email. Thanks for playing!

The Owls Well ‘Ch-ch-ch-changes’ 2015 Family Reading List

With the March school holidays coming up, the advent of Baby #3 as well as new schools for both J and Little E, we are all adjusting to many life changing events in the Owls Well family! What better way to prepare ourselves for the future than to delve into the world of books?

With this in mind, let me share with you our current Ch-ch-ch-changes 2015 reading list for all the family!

Preschoolers Reading List for Little E who is looking forward to being promoted

This is a really great book for little girls who are soon to be promoted in family status to ‘Big Sister’!

Not only does ‘You’re a Big Sister’ by Bedford and Poole sport beautiful illustrations featuring multiracial children as well as mixed-race families (especially relevant in our situation), but also very sweetly deals with the fears that any child might have when there is a new baby coming around and points out how being the older sibling is special and wonderful.

Little E really enjoys this book so much, that I have seen her looking through the pictures by herself and talking to herself about all the things that Big Sisters can do to help care for a little baby!

I especially appreciate the fact that the book doesn’t paint a false rosy picture of a new baby in the family, but also briefly touches on the negative aspects of having a sibling – such as coping with noise, mess and busy parents. However, the book is quick to reassure the Big-Sister-To-Be that also things will different in the family, it will be a positive change overall.

(For those of you with little boys in the family, there is You’re a Big Brother by the same authors!)

Early Readers Book List for J who is realising that his family is not perfect

This hilarious, beautifully illustrated chapter book is actually the fifth in a series of books featuring Alvin Ho, a very anxious 8 year old, and his day-to-day adventures.

In ‘Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night‘, Alvin realises to his utmost horror, that his mum is expecting yet another baby which might be another girl like his sometimes bothersome little sister…and worse yet, he is experiencing signs of sympathetic pregnancy (or to put it in his words ‘simply pathetic’ pregnancy)! Alvin is eventually is confronted with the birth of his new sibling – and his reaction to the baby is pure gold.

This book was so funny in places, that I couldn’t help laughing out loud whilst reading it – and J could not wait to get his mitts on it when I was done. J brought this book to school for early morning ‘silent reading’ before the start of class, and he loved it so much that he re-read twice! I found this book very good for reading aloud as well – Little E thought it was hilarious.

I was really touched by how the book dealt with the anxieties of older siblings who have already had some experience with younger children in the family, and I noticed that after J completed the book, he seemed much more positive about the advent of Baby #3, choosing to remember the positive aspects of when Little E was an infant.

I will definitely be checking out the rest of the books of the Alvin Ho series!

J is also reading The Parent Agency by David Baddiel, which is quite a light-hearted wish-fulfullment story about a dissatisfied boy named Barry who is given the opportunity to choose his own parents (and by extension, pick a whole new family).

Fortunately, he already has a list of detailing the failings of his parents – apart from naming him ‘Barry’, they are also (1) Boring and (2) Always Too Tired – so he is well-equipped to choose a new and improved family (or is he?). Barry is not prepared for the consequences of his choices, and eventually learns to appreciate what he has.

The book is a simple, fun read but it does rely rather heavily on humorous pop-culture references which not all children may be familiar with. Additionally, the characters are super-wacky and the crazy situations that Barry finds himself in are exaggerated and over the top, so if you prefer more sophisticated humour, then I would look elsewhere.

However, I do like the subtle wordplay which is a great introduction to the world of puns…but be prepared to do some explaining to your early reader!

 Grownup Booklist for Debs G who wants to be more involved

With J starting Primary School for the first time, and Little E starting Nursery, I decided that it was time I took a good look at learning and memory, to see how I can help the kids in their educational journey.

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey is a really engaging read which examines decades-worth of education research into how our brains process and retain information, starting from birth and throughout our lives. Surprisingly, much of what I thought would be helpful to learning (such as providing a stable, distraction-free environment for example) is not necessarily the most effective way to help the brain in memorisation!

Benedict Carey does a great job of organising all the various studies together and presenting it in a very practical way, with good techniques and tips that will help parents, teachers and students who want to know how to study or learn more effectively. He also touches on various aspects of learning – not just rote memorisation or concept comprehension, but also the development physical prowess and complex skills with many of the learning techniques applying across the board.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who might be interesting in a greater understanding on how to exploit the quirks and eccentricities of the brain and make learning more efficient, productive – and fun!

Young Adult Booklist for the Barn Owl whose world is changing too fast

(There’s nothing like a little bit of young adult dystopian fiction to put life in perspective!)

The three novels pictured above are not particularly challenging reads, but they are certainly highly entertaining and a great way to unwind after a hard day at the office.

‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner is about a teenaged boy named Thomas, who wakes up in The Glade, the centre of an ever-changing labyrinth populated by a society of teenage boys. He, like the other boys, remembers nothing except his own name. The boys have been trying for years to escape the maze which is patrolled by deadly creatures, with no success. When the first girl is introduced to the group, the conditions of the maze change drastically and they are forced to find a way out. The plot is intriguing with plenty of fast-paced action, and although the end of the book leaves a more than a few questions unanswered, the main story arc is well-concluded.

‘The Kill Order’ is the prequel to ‘The Maze Runner’ but it works perfectly well as a standalone novel and describes the world-changing events which eventually led to the creation of the Maze. This book was really such a fun read – basically, it is every single apocalyptic novel all rolled into one! WOOHOO!!!! Anything bad that could possibly happen to destroy the world and ruin organised society takes place in this book (apart from the arrival of Lovecraftian terrors from the deep – no mythical beasties here, we are a terribly realistic portrayal of possible catastrophic events), so it is a wild roller coaster ride which I thoroughly enjoyed!

If you are looking for something a little more thought-provoking, then the Newberry Medal-winning novel, ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry, is what you might be looking for. The novel centres around 12 year old Jonas who lives in a peaceful community where pain and suffering no longer exists. When he begins his training as the Receiver of all memory, he slowly sees the truth behind his seemingly utopian society which is devoid of colour, emotion and choice. Definitely a very powerful novel, which is worth a read (despite its enigmatic conclusion).

A Surprise for Owls Well Readers: MPH Bookstores Singapore is very kindly sponsoring set of the following titles: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night by Lenore Look , How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey and ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner to ONE lucky Owls Well Reader! That should keep one family occupied for the whole March school holidays!

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page.

2. Like and Share this Facebook post (set to public) and tag a friend.

2. Leave a comment below telling me about a book on your current reading list and why you think everyone should read it. Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at 4owlswell@gmail.com

(This giveaway is open to people with a Singapore mailing address and ends on 12 March 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)

P.S. Special thanks to MPH Bookstores Singapore for being awesome and acquiescing to my request for review copies of all the books listed here!

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted via email. Thanks for playing!

Book Month at the Nest and the Burrow!

Although we at Owls Well are not citizens of the United States of America, we have decided that being married to an Englishman and affianced to an Australian South African (certified White) person respectively, makes us very very American indeed!

Therefore, we at Owls Well have decided that this month, we are going to celebrate American National Reading Group Month!

So, go twice as high as a butterfly and take a look in a book!

Of course, if you’re too lazy to read, or (like me) are absolutely terrible at literary analysis and just want to learn, you should hit up Thug Notes brought to you by Sparky Sweets, PhD.

Each week, Dr Sweets lays down a comprehensive summary of a literary classic and provides a fairly detailed post-modern analysis of each novel in basic and hilarious Jive talk.  The series is fairly responsive to its watchers, with the latest few episodes based on requests sent to its Twitter.  I’ve put in a request for the Joy Luck Club, which I had to study back in the Secondary School.

This show is not just meant for high school students either.  As the show’s presenter, comedian Greg Edwards states, “the truth is, the gift of literature is universal in meaning and should be made accessible to everyone on every plane.”

My favourite episode of Thug Notes is the one about George Orwell’s 1984, simply because the figure representing Julia has waffle-permed hair in a side tail – totally 80’s yo!

(WARNING: There is foul language in the video, yo!)

Of course, if you don’t like too much cussin’ with your learnin’, you should totally check out Crash Course Literature presented by the cleaner and neater Mr John Green.  Crash Course provides a more technically academic view of literary devices and themes used in the novels it analyses, but is no less informative.

So, happy reading y’all and come hit us up later in the week for more of dat sweet book lovin’, EUH!

Book + Excursion = Stacey Goes to the National Museum by Lianne Ong (and a giveaway!)

One of the things that I like to do when I’m reading books together with my kids is find ways to put the subject matter of the book into a real world context by taking the children on an excursion. This works the other way round too – sometimes if I’m planning to take the kids on an excursion, I like to read them books with topics related to the places where I’ll be bringing them.

For example, if I’m taking the kids to the zoo, I might read them books about visiting the zoo, or books about certain animals at the zoo. This is a sure-fire way to get them excited about a trip to the zoo, especially when they recognise the creatures from the books they are reading! Reading around an excursion helps to reinforce their learning and gives them a chance to apply their knowledge.

This is why I was really excited about Lianne Ong’s new book, Stacey Goes to the National Museum.

I love taking J and Little E to our local museums. There’s plenty for them to see and do, and best of all, there’s no admission charge for Singapore residents!

In Lianne’s book, little Stacey visits the National Museum of Singapore and gets a special insider’s tour of the place (from a very unusual guide). The story is straightforward and simple to read, and shows off museum exhibits that may capture a child’s imagination and spark their interest in local history.

What makes this book really stand out for me are the beautiful illustrations by James Tan, which showcases the museum’s collection with just a little bit of distorted perspective that comes with looking at them through the eyes of a child.

J and Little E loved the book so much that they insisted on taking it with them to a recent visit to the National Museum and looking for all the various items described in the book. It was like a treasure hunt!

To complete our visit to the library, we decided to work together to make a book trailer for Stacey Goes to the National Museum! Little E was really excited about making a book trailer, especially after she watched the books trailers from our Summer Reading List 2014 post.

I think this book would make a great souvenir from a trip to the National Museum, and a great localised gift for your foreign friends who are still interested in Singapore after meeting you (heh heh heh).

If you haven’t visited the National Museum recently, why not pop down tomorrow on 9th August or next week on the 16th August 2014 – Lianne Ong will be conducting storytelling sessions at 2pm and 3:30pm, and this will be followed by a fun activity based on the book! (Click here for more information)

A Special Something for Owls Well Readers: Armour Publishing Pte Ltd is kindly sponsoring a giveaway of Stacey Goes to the National Museum by Lianne Ong for TWO lucky Owls Well Readers!  

To take part in this fantabulous giveaway just complete the following:

1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page

2. Be a fan of the Stacey Goes to the National Museum Facebook Page 

3. Leave a comment below and tell me about an exhibit at the National Museum that you find or have found particularly interesting! Don’t forget to leave your Facebook name and your email address so that I can contact you if you win – or if you’re really shy, you can email your details to me separately at 4owlswell@gmail.com

4. (Optional) To double your chances of winning, share or reblog this giveaway on any form of social media that you fancy and leave a comment below with the link!

(This giveaway is open to anyone who is able to redeem the book from the Armour Publishing HQ at Bukit Merah and ends on 15 August 2014. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete the 3 required steps!)

P.S. Check out my review of Lianne’s first book, Maxilla, here!

P.P.S. Check out another review and giveaway of Stacey Goes to the Museum here at Life is in the Small Things.

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been emailed! Thanks for playing!