“Aku panggil emakku Meps dan bapakku Beps. Kenapa? Hihihi, aku nggak tahu. Tahu-tahu aku sudah panggil mereka begitu.
Meps rambutnya pendek banget. Kata Beps, setiap minggu Meps mesti cukur. Kalau tidak, kesaktiannya hilang. Apa kesaktian Meps? Nanti aku ceritakan!”
By Roald Dahl
ROAR! Now I’ve got your attention, can I interest you in a book of poems about dinosaurs?
Though they went extinct 65 million years ago, dinosaurs are still everywhere. They’re on TV in The Land Before Time, in classrooms and museum collections, but it might still be hard to believe that dinosaurs walked here once. The poets in this anthology bring dinosaurs out of their display cases and into your home, and ask them politely to be careful with the carpet.
This book is approximately for children aged 8+.
Bursting with energy and an immense love of nature, Heidi proves to have remarkable, transforming powers over those people closest to her, including Clara, a handicapped young lady from a wealthy German family, Peter, a goatherd, and his blind grandmother. Even Heidi’s pessimistic grandfather eventually accepts and enjoys the healing effects of Heidi’s innocence, sensitivity, and love.
An extraordinary collaboration between Irish Children’s Laureate, Eoin Colfer, and picture book superstar, Oliver Jeffers! Sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one. An imaginary friend like Fred… Fred floated like a feather in the wind until a lonely little boy wished for him and found a friendship like no other.
Si kecil Na Willa tinggal di sebuah gang di Surabaya, di rumah dengan pohon cemara di depannya. Ia menghabiskan hari dengan berlari mengejar kereta bersama Dul (walau ia selalu tertinggal), pergi ke pasar bersama Mak, melewati bapak penjual anak ayam kuning, atau memikirkan bagaimana orang bisa nyanyi-nyanyi di dalam radio.
Buku ini berisi catatan-catatan Na Willa tentang dunia yang dilihat dari kacamatanya, di sebuah masa ketika dari radio terdengar lagu-lagu Lilis Suryani dan kasur kapuk dijemur lalu dipukul dengan rotan.
Hari-hari Na Willa masih dipenuhi kegembiraan: bermain-main bersama teman-teman kecilnya, membaca buku-buku baru dari Bu Juwita, atau menyanyi dir RRI. Apalagi Pak kini juga mengisi hari-harinya. Pak mengantar Na Willa ke sekolah dan membelikan es krim (tanpa bilang-bilang Mak), atau mengajarinya ketak-ketik di kantor, atau bersama-sama menggambari dinding rumah (barangkali hanya rumah Na Willa yang dindingnya juga digambari bapak-bapak).
Na Willa bahagia tinggal di rumah kecilnya di dalam gang. Hingga suatu hari Pak memberi kabar yang membuat dunia kecilnya terguncang.
By J.M. Barrie
Na Willa is a bright, adventurous girl living in Surabaya’s suburbs, her home in the middle of an alley surrounded by cypress trees. She spends her days running after trains with Dul (she always beats him), going down to the market with Mak, and thinking about how people can sing through radios. But while everyone else tells Na Willa what to do and who to be, Na Willa wants to be free. She doesn’t want to be “just” a girl, she doesn’t want to look just like Pak, or just Mak. She wants to be both and more.
Indonesian author Reda Gaudiamo has created a collection of stories of curious adventures and musings of a multicultural girl growing up in Indonesia with an East Indonesian mother and a Chinese-Indonesian father. Set in a time when children spent the day outside, listening to Lilis Suryani’s songs on the radio, and when race and gender would still go undiscussed, this is Na Willa’s story as she grows up unafraid to ask the big questions.
These particular illustrations were originally created to decorate the walls of a children’s hospital wall but a specially commissioned text by long-time collaborate John Yeoman has propelled these colourful characters into a book for all to enjoy.
A simple rhyme introduces each exuberant personality and talks us through their assorted talents and tricks, from Philbert’s egg juggling to Uncle Phoenix’s firebreathing. There is lots to enjoy here, with something suitably silly on every page. The Foskett family circus is fabulous indeed, and Blake’s majestic lines, colours and space steal the show again.
By Fred Gwynne
The story follows a little girl who misunderstood different meanings of words that sound alike, so her imaginations took her to unusual sights as “a king who rained” (as opposed of one who reigned) and “the foot prince in the snow.” Sometimes mistakes make things a lot more interesting!