Evi Shelvia has illustrated a number of wonderful picture books, two of which are published by Oyez!Books. They are The Tremendous Trio, written by Quek Sue Yian and The Castle Library, written by Hayati Hanif, the second prize winner for picture book category at the recent Children's Book Award Festival Sastera Kanak-Kanak 2015. Evi's illustration for the Castle Library was used as a poster of the Children's Book Week with Silverfish Bookstore in June this year, giving the theme Reading is Magical. This is apt for Evi's illustrations evoke a world of dreams and magic where anything can happen. Her attention to detail makes the world she has created real to us and like Alice, we follow her happily into it.
Evi's next big adventure is to write and illustrate her own books and she has planned a series called Little Friends. The first book is completed and judging by that first book, we are really excited. Here's the cover and a page inside - we hope you are excited too. Publication date is planned for 9th November 2015.
Coming soon, Susanna is completing a book full of her drawings. We promise you there will be lots of children. You can use the book for colouring, for doodling, for inspiration or for a giggle as you become a child again in Susanna's fun world. And if you like, we can organise a colouring class for adults (children allowed) at our bookshop with Susanna.
Early November, Yusof Gajah and his wife, Zakiah, will be off to Basel, Switzerland for two weeks. Yusof has been invited by the wonderful Swiss publisher, Baobab Books who published the German edition of Yusof's Where is My Red Ball? first published by Oyez!Books. The German edition, called Wer hat den roten ball? is printed on environmentally friendly materials that are safe for very young children who love books so much they often try to eat them.
From the Swiss press:
»Elefanten sind groß, grau und haben Stoßzähne. Oder auch nicht. (...) Jeder von ihnen sieht aus, als könnte er sofort loslaufen und spannende Abenteuer erleben, gefährliche Situationen meistern, ganz besondere Dinge tun. Dafür sind die da. Sie locken in ihrer Pracht sich ganz andere Geschichten auszudenken, ganz eigene Fantasien zu entwickeln.« schreibt Andrea Wanner in Titel kulturmagazin.
Tutu's latest picture book, Phoenix Song, will be published by Lantana Publishing, UK. Oyez!Books is translating that book into Bahasa Malaysia for our local children to enjoy. It will be called Lagu Burung Jentayu. Or does anyone have a better translation? Let us know! Or are you a translator? Send us your CV and translation samples at firstname.lastname@example.org