Monthly Archives: May 2015

An Interview with Children’s Book Writer David Seow

When I first came across the Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di series of children’s books written by author David Seow, I was instantly drawn to them because they are about the adventures of a little girl and her two younger brothers and the beautifully-illustrated book covers reminded me so much of Anya, Adam and David. The books are published by Epigram Books and illustrated by Soefara Jafney and I will be reviewing all the books in the series.

I really wanted to begin my series of book reviews with an interview with the author and he was kind enough to answer some questions I had for him. David Seow is a well-known children’s book writer and a staple on the Singapore literary scene. He is an award-nominated children’s book author of over 20 children’s books, including the Sam, Sebbie and Di-Di-Di series, Alexander’s Adventure Machine, and The Littlest Emperor. His latest books are There’s Soup on My Fly!Blow A KissIf I Were a Blue Kangaroo, and Emma’s Elephant.

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di

Sam, Sebbie & Di-Di-Di

Q: What inspired you to write your first book?

A: My niece and nephews Sam, Sebbie and Jeremy (Di-Di-Di) inspired me to start writing the books. I used to babysit them every weekend and I had to read to them at bedtime. Each of them wanted me to read a stack of picture books to them and so to make things simple, I started coming up with stories about them which they seemed to like.

Q: How much of the book is realistic? 

A: The stories were first published in 1998 when the children were toddlers. My youngest nephew, Xandy was born after I started writing. The books that are currently available are re-illusrated and edited versions of the books.There were things that I wasn’t happy about with the original series and I was happy that Epigram Books approached me about revamping the series. I think Epigram Books has done an amazing job with the series. They’ve paired me up with an amazing editor and a fantastic illustrator. I love working with them but they may not feel the same way. I can be hard work! LOL.

Q: What are your current projects? Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

A: I have just finished a big commissioned project and I’m working on the sequel to my book A Day with the Duchess which is about Sam, Sebbie, Di-Di-Di and Xandy visiting the royals in London.

Q: Who is your favourite children’s author and what is it that you like about his/ her work? 

A: I don’t have one particular favourite author. I like Naomi Kojima, Susanna Goho-Quek, Norm Jorgensen, Chris Cheng, Sarah Mousey, Sheri Tan, AJ Low,  Emily Lim, James Foley and Mo Willems. Each of them have very strong voices in their stories which resonate with children and adults alike. They have a sense of fun and that’s what every children’s book should have. That’s the most important part of a children’s book.

Q: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

A: Thanks for reading my books. I hope you like them. Please buy more!! :)

Disclaimer: We received the books from Epigram Books for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Revamped Omni-Theatre at Science Centre Singapore

I love the Omni-Theatre at the Science Centre Singapore and the immersive experience it offers. We watched Animalopolis there in December and truly felt like we were frolicking around with the animals. And now, the latest fulldome system will complement the IMAX system on Southeast Asia’s largest seamless dome screen.

Come 30 May 2015, the Omni-Theatre will offer visitors dual technologies of the IMAX system and the latest and brightest 8K digital fulldome system. On top of IMAX movies like Animalopolis, visitors can enjoy a choice of digital fulldome movies and ‘live’ shows with real-time presentations conducted by Science educators from Science Centre Singapore.

We had a little preview the other day and the kids had such an enjoyable time ‘flying’ through space and identifying the planets. I think the scale was a wee bit overwhelming for Adam. I was quite amused when he kept asking me, “Where is Singapore? Are we in Malaysia?”

We also watched Back to the Moon for Good, a fascinating digital fulldome movie about a modern-day space race 40 years after the Apollo landing with teams from all over the world competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The experience of watching a movie like that on a fulldome system was simply out of the world.

fly to Jupiter and back in seconds

fly to Jupiter and back in seconds

our modern-day space race

our modern-day space race

learn about the space race

learn about the Google Lunar XPRIZE

The digital fulldome and IMAX movies are considerably shorter than your usual feature films and will captivate the attention of little ones who may not be able to sit still for more than an hour. The kids are longing to return to the Omni-Theatre so I’m planning to take them to watch Pandas: The Journey Home as well as some of the ‘live’ shows lined up during the June holidays. Check out the Omni-Theatre website for more information on showtimes and ticketing.