Nu Nu, The Ring-Necked Monster
by Adeline Foo
illustrated by Lee Kowling
Nu Nu runs into a tiger in the forest. Afraid that she might be eaten up by the hungry beast, she uses her wits to escape by enlisting the aid of a mighty ring-necked monster. Will she succeed? Inspired by the Chinese idiom 狐假虎威, this story, set in the exotic Indochinese rainforest, features a heart-stopping encounter between a ferocious tiger and a spunky girl from the Padaung tribe of Myanmar. The idiom 狐假虎威 (hu jia hu wei) —is used to symbolise making use of someone else’s power for one’s own ends.
About the ‘Monsters In The Mind’ Series of Books
Written by Adeline Foo, this series targeted at children ages 6 and above, feature monsters’ as central characters. These monsters, however, are intangible ones derived from shadows, sounds and imaginations in overdrive. Each story's moral, subtly embedded, touches on positive values such as love, kindness and trust. It is hoped that as children read on and discover that the monsters exist only in their minds, they will banish their fear of them. Other books in this series include The Thing Under My Bed , Monsters On The Wall and Guai Wu, The Chinese Elf.
About the Author
A mother of three, Adeline Foo received the inaugural First Time Writers & Illustrators Publishing Initiative Award given by the Media Development Authority and the National Book Development Council of Singapore in 2006. Since then, she has published four books featuring denizens of Singapore’s tropical rainforest, Ben’s Friends from the Rainforest, Secret Hoarder, Lost in the Secret Garden and The Midnight Tree.
The first book was adapted into a cartoon and aired on national TV and showcased at an animation fair in MIPCOM, and Cannes. In June 2008, the National Heritage Board supported Adeline to develop a series of stories entitled Peranakan Fables.
This series for young readers showcases the unique Chinese-Malay-European immigrant hybrid culture of the Peranakans, in The Beaded Slippers, The Kitchen God and The Amulet and Chilli Padi. The Peranakan Fables received excellent reviews in the Singapore press, and even made their way across the globe to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany and Singapore Day in Melbourne, in October 2008.
Also written by Adeline Foo is Georgette's Mooncakes, available in English and Chinese, the first book in a new series featuring the inspiring works of Singapore’s pioneer artists, using art as a backdrop and the paintbrush as a magical tool.
About the Illustrator
A designer by training, Lee Kowling is much sought after for her watercolour illustrations for children’s books. Herself a mother of two young kids, she has worked on more than 20 children’s books. In 2007, Kowling collaborated with Katrina Griffiths for The Wombat Stole My Shoe; it was later selected for the Australian Booksellers Association’s children’s reading guide. She also illustrated Adeline’s Peranakan series which includes The Beaded Slippers, The Kitchen God,Chilli Padi and The Amulet. Kowling has also worked on cartooning and art appreciation workshops with the Ministry of Education (Singapore).
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Dimension: 253mm x 230mm