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My Loot from the Recent Singapore Book Fair 2010

While I still have more than a dozen academic books to go through (for journal publication, course preparation and my own delectation) and around 3 shelves of fiction (picture books, young adult lit, chapter books, gothic clive barker stuff) that are just waiting to be devoured, I can not help but visit the recent Singapore ...

Three Little Pigs and Its Postmodern/Fractured Variations in Picture Books: Varying Shades of Huffs and Puffs

Myra here. I loved postmodern picture books (otherwise known as fractured fairy tales) even before I knew that they were called such. I recall that the first picture book that was truly a laugh-out-loud moment for me was Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. Henceforth, I was literally addicted ...

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Dr. Seuss’ Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! With some help from Jack Prelutsky & Lane Smith

  I must say that I grew up on Dr. Seuss’ books. I can still vividly remember reading The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham just to name a few when I was around 4 or 5 years old. The odd names, peculiar images, colorful storyline – all contribute to the timeless magic that ...

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Loading Up On Books

I know I have shelves filled with unread books, but for some reason (could be my fixation in one of Freud’s psychosexual stages of development), I can not help but collect books. Of course, the ideal is for me to have several months off to do nothing but just read, read, and read and post ...

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Iphigene here. I’ve heard of North and South from a friend. She generously gave me a copy of the book and I, like a classic-hungry reader, read it immediately. Strangely enough, I seem to have a “direction” theme as I had recently finished South of the Border, West of the Sun. All I need now ...

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