Monday, November 11, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Lesley-Anne Tan and Monica Lim, together their ideas are usually wackier

Time for holiday reading! To celebrate 8 years of Super Cool Books, I’ll be featuring a mega list of fellow kidlit writers and illustrators both from Singapore and beyond. New interviews every week. Do introduce their books to some young readers in your life! Latest updates here.

Lesley-Anne Tan and Monica Lim

Types of kidlit books
Chapterbooks, Middle grade

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
#1 Danger Dan Confronts the Merlion Mastermind - Epigram
#2 Danger Dan Tackles the Majulah Mayhem - Epigram
#3 Danger Dan Spooks the Peculiar Peranakan Pirate - Epigram
#4 Danger Dan Traces the Perilous Poison - Epigram
#5 Danger Dan Creates the Ultimate Utama Uproar - Epigram
#1 Danger Dan and Gadget Girl: The Animal Abduction - Epigram
#2 Danger Dan and Gadget Girl: The Watery Wipeout - Epigram
#3 Danger Dan and Gadget Girl: The Gruesome Garden - Epigram
#4 Danger Dan and Gadget Girl: The Zany Zombie-fest - Epigram
#5 Danger Dan and Gadget Girl: The Robot Revolution - Epigram
Secrets of Singapore - Epigram
Secrets of Singapore: National Museum - Epigram
Secrets of Singapore: Botanic Gardens - Epigram
Secrets of Singapore: Changi Airport - Epigram

Describe your style
Action-packed and full of comedy

How did you get started?
We answered a call for submissions from Epigram for a children's book series on a boy who travels back into Singapore's past. The rest is history, literally!

Where do you get story ideas?
Because there are two of us, we bounce ideas off each other and find that together, our ideas are usually wackier than our individual ones.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
#4 Danger Dan and Gadget Girl: The Zany Zombie-fest.
Because zombies. And Haw Par Villa. But mostly zombies.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Let your kids read what they enjoy. Don't impose your own preferences or try to make them advance in their reading too quickly. Reading should be fun, not work.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
To be authentic in your writing, talk to kids and really discover how they talk and think. They're usually funnier and more complex than you imagine!

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
We hope to see more emerging young writers. If coming up with brand new ideas and characters is too challenging, they can write spinoffs of their favourite series. It's fan fic brought to the next level.

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The updated list here

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+ How and where you can get published in Singapore (from 2017)