Sunday, November 17, 2019

GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019 _____ Meet Tienny The, when her son stopped brushing his teeth, she had a vision of cavity monsters, and developed this into a picture book

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.

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Tienny The

Types of kidlit books
Picture books

Total kidlit books published

Selected titles
Turtle City: Cavity Monsters (Kitaab Junior - Kitaab International Pte Ltd)

Describe your style
Cartoon Style

How did you get started?
The idea of this book was birthed in the year 2013 when my son was three years old. He began to lose interest in brushing his teeth. It was a great challenge back then to engage his interest to do so. Many questions started to flash in my mind: “What if people don’t brush their teeth? What if the teeth are gone?" And all the characters of cavity monsters appeared in my head. Visual events and situations of stories flowed through in my imagination. I shared the story verbally with my son. The story convinced him to take action. To resume the good habit of brushing his teeth. Until now, he is anticipating more such stories. It is a challenge to share a series of stories to him as bedtime stories and I have to vary the stories and come up with ones.

Where do you get story ideas?
The inspiration for this idea comes from home, interacting with my son. And the story is about family.

Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Turtle City : Cavity Monsters Picture book at will be the best gift for parents to read to their children to give them internal motivation to learn the importance of dental hygiene. Hing hates brushing his teeth. No one can persuade him to do it, until one day a foul smell emits from his mouth. Let us go inside his mouth and see what is happening there! Since this story helps my son, I hope this book would be able to help parents to convince their kids to brush their teeth as part of nurturing hygienic habits. And the book to be the bridge of communication between parents and children.

Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
It is better to tell them stories that capture their interests while being conscious of their short span of attention.

Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Feedback and critique session can challenge your writing to the next level.

Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
To see great stories are published


The updated list here

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