The Incredible Basket
Author: Quek Hong Shin
Year of Issue: 2018
Winner, 2019 Singapore Book Awards – Best Children's Picture Book
Shortlisted for Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2020
Recommended for ages 3 and above
In this sequel to 'The Amazing Sarong', a beautiful Chinese wedding basket is used in myriad ways. Xiaoming delivers a batch of ang ku kueh with the basket, then fashions it into a prop for a lion dance. When the sun beats down on him, he repurposes the basket's cover as a hat! At home in a second-floor shophouse, the basket is attached to a rope to pass a comic book and a bowl of noodles. Oh, how creative of Xiaoming!
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.