Maxilla – Review & Giveaway!

Our current bedtime read is Maxilla by Lianne Ong with illustrations by Shing. Maxilla is a meaningful story about a boy, Reuben, who finds a beautiful caterpillar, but has to choose between keeping her and releasing her back into her natural habitat.

The book encourages kids to think about the possible consequences of their actions, and the importance of making the right decision even when it’s not easy to do so. After reading the book, the kids and I had a good time discussing why it was difficult for Reuben to make the right decision and applying it to relevant scenarios from their own experience.

Anya was also reminded of her visits to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom on Sentosa and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity & Research where she saw many butterflies as well as other insects on display. Reading the story and looking at the illustrations have gotten the kids more interested in the life cycle of a butterfly and its natural habitat and give them a new perspective about the beauty of every living creature.

Anya reading Maxilla

Anya reading Maxilla

Adam very interested in the book

Adam very interested in the book

Adam looking at the pictures

Adam looking at the pictures


Win a copy of Maxilla worth $9.90!

To qualify, simply do the following by MONDAY, 10 MARCH 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like the ‘MPH Bookstores’ Facebook page.
3. Leave a comment here with your email address telling me why you want to win the book.



Congrats to Teo Han Choo! I will be contacting you shortly. Hope your granddaughter enjoys the book. :)

To learn more about Maxilla, visit the Facebook page. Maxilla is available at MPH Bookstores, Books Kinokuniya and Times Bookstores for $9.90

The author, Lianne Ong, will be making public appearances at MPH Bookstore, Parkway Parade, on 15 March, Saturday, from 1-2pm, and at Woodlands Regional Library on 21 March, Friday, from 12-1pm.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of Maxilla by Lianne Ong for review. All opinions are my own.

18 thoughts on “Maxilla – Review & Giveaway!

  1. Ashmika Jain


    I wish to have it for my daughter who started reading on her own & Love reading. It will be great way to let them learn the value of right decision.

    Ashmika ( )

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  3. Robert Sim

    The missus is thinking of bringing the boys to visit Oh’s Farm Butterfly Lodge. This would make a great companion read before and after the visit.

  4. Jinah Chong

    my son is 2 and only have ABC and 123 and picture books .. I would like to start him on a real story book.

  5. Teo Han Choo

    Hope to give this fantastic book to my grand-daughter for her birthday in 3 weeks time! She’ll love it!


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