Picture books are a great introduction to children who are learning to read and to encourage reluctant readers. However, older children who want a bit more bite out of their books will be looking for story books. These books are sometimes referred to as Chapter books (as they have chapters) or in Americanism, middle grade books, typically books for children between 8-12.
The fourth book, The Case of the House at No. 74, is perhaps the most harrowing book among the current five, with our young heroes finding themselves right in the middle of a real war, ie World War II. But otherwise how could they have met someone so special as Sybil Kathigasu, the courageous war time nurse who only wanted to save lives.
The latest book in the Door Under the Stairs series is The Case of the Missing Elephants which takes readers further back into Malaysia's history with the discovery of tin in Perak.
All the stories are fiction, but they are based on historical facts and life in the period mentioned. Besides having to do a lot of research, the writer, Heidi also has three school-going children of her own who must have inspired her because all the books are great reads, besides being informative. Lim Lay Koon, who has become our favourite illustrator for black and white illustrations, illustrated all the books in this series.
Oyez! has published more story books than those listed above, including a wonderful collection of science fiction stories by Golda Mowe and a series about a 700-year-old boy ghost with his two modern-day friends who save the world from the very worst of baddies. But in this post, we are only highlighting those books with Malaysian content.
To celebrate Merdeka and Malaysia Day, we will be having promotions for two whole months, August through to September. So don't miss this chance to get more Malaysian stories for your children. In addition, watch this space as we will be highlighting more books as well as behind the scenes with Oyez! publishing.