Get a chance to win a wonderful picture book from a different country each month.
Starting from January 2016, we are going to take you around the world by introducing selected picture books from a different country each month. We will review the books, introduce the authors and illustrators and tell you why we think the books are special. We will select books that we feel tell us something about the culture and people of the countries they come from.
Naturally, not all the books will be in English, Malay or Chinese or a language we can understand. Perhaps in the future, Oyez!Books will have the opportunity to publish the translations.
Some of the books we feature may be available from our online store but most will not. However, the good news is, we are giving away ONE copy of each book we feature through a lucky draw.
Anyone who buys a book from www.oyezbookstore.com during the month will automatically be entered into the lucky draw to win a picture book from the featured country that month. We will pick and announce the lucky winners on the last day of each month.
Secondly, every year we attend several international book fairs and are inspired by some of the best picture books from all over the world. It's not possible for us to translate and publish every book we love, so here's one way we can share them with you.
And in January 2016, we will be traveling to INDONESIA.
Chooi Ling graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 2002. She works hard to improve her work and has been attending workshops and doing a lot reading to improve her illustrations. With an eight-year old daughter, Chooi Ling has to find time for her art. She recently gave up her children's art class in order to have more time to paint. She carries out research for each artwork or project and once she has enough ideas, she will work every day until the work is done.
Looking at Chooi Ling's illustrations, it is clear that nature is her greatest source of inspiration.
"I like to observe the natural world; it amazes me and I am touched by it. I learn something new in every single animal and plant. There is so much knowledge waiting to be explored in nature. The way animals or plants grow, how they adapt to the environment, the shapes, colors, lines on their bodies... I always get inspiration from nature."
For more beautiful illustrations by Chooi Ling, take a look at The Last Dream of The Old Oak Tree, a Hans Christian Andersen classic published by Oyez!Books.
Little Dina in My Mother's Garden and My Mother's Kitchen by Emila Yusof were first published in English by Oyez!Books. Subsequently Karangkraf, a leading trade publisher in Malaysia, published the Bahasa Malaysia (BM) version. In our opinion, they are the most beautiful picture books in BM, suitable for children in lower primary school. The BM version is not an exact translation as Emila has added more text. The text is also presented using sukukata or syllables as these books are aimed at helping children read BM. If you are a collector of picture books, you may not like the text in two colours so we hope Karangkraf will publish a special collector's edition one day!
In addition, there is now a third book in English, My Father's Farm, and we would love to see it in BM. If you agree, please write to Karangkraf or in the comments below! Emila is currently working on the fourth book and our lips are sealed. Can you guess what it will be about? Or what do you wish to see?
Here are some photos of the BM books and you will see why we say they are the most beautiful picture books in BM. Clearly much thought (and love) have gone into producing them.
And the good news is you can buy the books here at Oyez!Bookstore: Taman Bunga Emak Saya and Dapur Emak Saya. They cost RM19.90 each. Yes, they are lower priced than the English version. Oyez!Books is a small publisher and we usually start with a 1000 copies print run ( My Mother's Garden is now going into its third print run and My Mother's Kitchen, its second print run). As a result, the per unit cost is higher but we will do our best to keep costs low - support your local small publisher, author, illustrator and printer, so that we can produce more great books! And don't forget, from now until end December (while stocks last), you get a Free Alice in Wonderland print by Emila Yusof for every two books purchased.