The Amazing Sarong by Quek Hong Shin
Author: Quek Hong Shin
Year of Issue: 2015
Shortlisted for Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2018
Shortlisted for Best Children's Title for Singapore Book Awards 2016
Recommended for ages 3 and above
“[A] quiet, gentle book….the illustrations are vibrant and energetic, and The Preschooler asks me to read it over and over again.” – Pooja Makhijani, Notabilia
Isn’t a sarong just a boring big piece of cloth? What can be so amazing about it? Nora and Adi are about to go to the beach when their mother takes off her baby sling and hands it to the two children. They discover that there is more than meets the eye to this seemingly ordinary sarong. Join Nora and Adi as they go on a playful day out and discover what unexpected fun, joy and new encounters the sarong can bring.
Quek Hong Shin is a freelance illustrator who has illustrated several picture books including 'The Marvellous Sugee Cake', 'The Amazing Sarong', 'The Incredible Basket', 'The Brilliant Oil Lamp', 'Inuka', 'Lolly’s Secret' and the Ahoy, Navy! series for the Republic of Singapore Navy’s fiftieth anniversary. 'The Amazing Sarong'—the first book he wrote and illustrated—was shortlisted for Best Children’s Title at the 2016 Singapore Book Awards, and the 2018 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award. 'The Incredible Basket' won the 2019 Singapore Book Awards for Best Children’s Picture Book. Hong Shin conducts workshops for primary-school children and is an advocate for Superhero Me, an inclusive arts movement for children with special needs. He promotes local culture to the young through his works and storytelling.