Misteri di Pasar Terapung by Eva Y. Nukman (writer) and Ella Elviana (illustrator) was the Grand Prize Winner of the Samsung Kids Time Award 2015.
Mawi gets a chance to have his own boat at the floating market.
The writer tells us that adults trade using money but in the past, they used to carry out barter trade. And that is what Mawi is doing. He goes to a boat and takes what he wants and replaces it with his bananas.
A woman cries out, something is missing from her boat. She accuses Mawi but Mawi is innocent.
Mawi tries to spot the thief and then he sees what happens.
The boat belongs to Pak Badu. Pak Badu explains that he found the two young orangutans with their mother who was caught in a trap. He couldn't save the mother so he brought the two young orangutans home. He didn't know what else to do with them.
But Mawi knows. Mawi and Pak Badu take the two orangutans to an orangutan sanctuary where they will be taken care of until they are old enough to be released back into the jungle.
The last two pages of the book contain factual information about the floating market in Kalimantan and about orangutans.
The illustrations and text work very well together in this book. Even though there isn't a lot of text, we feel right there in the hustle and bustle of the floating market. In addition, the harm to wild animals caused by human action is told effectively in a few words with poignant illustrations.
Eva Nukman is a published writer of children's picture books, young adult novels, comics and short stories.
Ella Elviana specialises in illustrating children's books and her published books include pictorial books and novels.
This book is published by Litara Foundation.
Book information: Softcover, 36 pages, 24 x 21.5cm