Savitri : The Task for the Mighty Demon
Author: Catherine Khoo & Lai Hui Li (illustration)
Year of Issue: 2017
Shortlisted for Singapore Book Awards 2018 (Best Children’s Picture Book)
Recommended for ages 3 and above
In a South Indian village, a girl named Savitri has a greedy brother who summons a mighty demon to work for him. The demon, Rakshasa, tells him he must be kept busy or he will eat the brother. Eventually, the brother runs out of tasks for Rakshasa, and Savitri must think of an impossible task to keep Rakshasa busy–she challenges the demon to straighten her curly hair.
Veteran author, editor and publisher, Catherine Khoo is the founder and director of Janus Education, Singapore’s first boutique publisher of imprints for under-18s, by under-18s. She was editor-in-chief of Asia 21, the only Asian publication that has been selected by the Ministry of Education as essential reading for their Humanities syllabus. Catherine is also the creator behind the Savvy series, having published two bestselling books: 'Singapore Savvy: 50 Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow' and 'Malaysia Savvy: Top Profiles in Management'. She is also the author of 'Love Notes and Golden Legends', a collection of legends from around the world, and the 'Asia’s Lost Legends' series.
Lai Hui Li is a Singapore-born Malaysian who has always loved to draw. She studied animation at Nanyang Polytechnic, and is currently a full-time illustrator at CraveFX. Digital is her main medium, and she occasionally paints in other mediums too. She is the illustrator for 'Savitri: The Task for the Mighty Demon', 'Dream Island: The Mad, Mad World of Philip Yeo', 'Ace Agent Spycat and the Flying Sidekick' and 'Freddy the Eager Fundraiser'.