Meet Heidi Shamsuddin, the author of the children's book series, The Door Under the Stairs, as she shares her inspiration, motivation and research process in writing her books at the Silverfish Festival of Cabbages.
Written for middle grade children, Heidi's chapter book series revolve around three children who find a door under the stairs at school that takes them to the past. There are 8 books planned in the series with each book featuring a key personality from history. So far two books have been published by Oyez!Books. These are The Mystery of the Missing National Anthem, and The Case of the Talented Trio.
In the first book, the three children met Tunku Abdul Rahman just before Malaysia achieved independence and helped him find the country's national anthem - Negaraku. In the second book, they met P. Ramlee who was then a struggling young artiste and helped him with his famous Bujang Lapuk performance that would later make his name.
Heidi worked as a lawyer in UK and ran a cafe in Malaysia before becoming a writer and a literary agent. She won the first prize of the Eye Level Children’s Literature Competition (Regional Level) with her short story, ‘Johan the Bee Hunter,’ in 2012. She lives in Selangor with her husband and three children.
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Well-known Malaysian illustrator, Emila Yusof who wrote and illustrated the very popular trio of Dina Books...
and bestseller Legendary Princesses of Malaysia...
has produced the only locally designed four Colourart books for adults to be found in Malaysia.
Two of the books are also now available in Germany!
Emila will be featured in The New Straits Times on her books and their success. Stand by for the article!
At present the books may be purchased from:
2. Silverfish Books, Level 2, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar, KL. (Tel: 03-22011758)
3. Stickerrific, 83-1.2 Level 1, The Square, Jaya One, PJ. (Tel: 03-7495 5963)
4. Eversachi in Ipoh (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 017-5790575)
5. IKA Picture Story House, Kuching, (Tel: 60198178878 Email: email@example.com)
Other book shops and art shops are planning to introduce them.
If you wish to sell Emila's Colourart books, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yusof Gajah – internationally acclaimed artist, author, mentor of budding illustrators with a special love of children is currently working in Korea with Nami Island and on their new site in Jeju Island. And it's all about elephants of course.
We love Yusof so much we have collected his art and made them into an ABC book - this is the Alphabet and Elephabet by Yusof Gajah:
Join us in celebrating World' s Indigenous People Day on 9th August at the Silverfish Festival of Cabbages with a talk by Fiona Wright, a project manager with the British Council on their Storybook project to collect folktales from Sabah and Sarawak.
NEWS & EVENTS
22 Apr - 14 May - Harmony with Nature Photo Contest 2017
22-23 Apr - Pustaka Bookaroo Festival of Children's Literature
17 Apr - Introduction to the Asian Festival of Children's Content
03 - 06 Apr - Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017
18 - 26 Mar - Oyez! Children's Book Week
16 Sep - Celebrate Malaysia Day with Oyez!Books
7 June - Interview with BFM Radio