The Brilliant Oil Lamp
Author: Quek Hong Shin
Year of Issue: 2019
Recommended for ages 3 and above
Join Asha and her friends from 'The Amazing Sarong' and 'The Incredible Basket', as she moves from her cosy shophouse to a housing estate in Toa Payoh. The buildings are tall, the apartments are new. Asha's home even has electric lights! Her family begins the rites of blessing for their new home using a beautiful oil lamp. Suddenly, the power is cut and everything goes dark. But Asha has an idea—why not share the lamp's light with their new neighbours? The children also have fun with shadow play, and even light sparklers with the lamp. See how one brilliant light brings new and old friends together.
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.