Book Review

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Many pupils have been spotted reading horror novels. Why don’t you try reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman?


Did you know that Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008) about a baby boy who is found and brought up by the dead in a cemetery was inspired by The Jungle Book?  However, Gaiman added a dark twist to his story.

On the night Jack murders a family in their beds, their toddler runs out into the night, pursued by the murderer, and finds his way into a cemetery. The ghosts there chase away the murderer and, after much argument, decide to raise the boy. They name him Nobody, Bod for short. As long as Bod stays in the cemetery they can protect him from Jack, who is still searching for him. But a growing boy, even one who is granted the Freedom of the Graveyard, eventually needs contact with the living world — and it is the world of the living that holds the most danger for Bod.

Book review by Matt Berman of Common Sense Media

Here’s an official book trailer and a reading of the first chapter by author, Neil Gaiman, himself!


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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

It’s the last week of school and here’s what the library has lined up for you!

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The Jungle Book, written by English author, Rudyard Kipling, has had many adaptations since it was first published in 1894. That was 124 year ago! 

The Jungle Book tells the story of little Mowgli, a village boy who falls into the hands of a pack of wolves who raise him as their own in the Indian jungle. As he matures he starts to understand the ‘Law of the Jungle’ and the book follows his many adventures alongside the myriad creatures around him. Those include Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, who become his tutors and protectors.

Some of the many adaptations of The Jungle Book are Disney’s 1967 animated version, and its most recent is the 2016 live-action remake. Watch the trailer below.

Film synopsis:
The film adaptation tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned human boy who, guided by his animal guardians, sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threatening Shere Khan.

The movie will be screening this week, and all library activities will be related to the series.

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So join Mowgli and his animal friends on his journey this week at the library!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The exams are over! Hurrah! Let’s return to the library and see what’s in store for everyone this week!

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Beacons love this series. Why do I say that? Well, I noticed that there will always be at least one pupil in a class reading this book. It is probably for the clever and humorous way award-winning author, Jeff Kinney, writes about something most people can relate to — fitting in.

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

So let’s see how the book looks like after being adapted into a movie.

The movie will be screening this week, and all library activities will be related to the series.

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So do drop by and unwind after a stressful week of exams!

Book Review

Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Here’s a book review of Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a book that has been adapted into a movie!

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When Hugo’s father, a clockmaker, is killed in a fire, Hugo is taken in by his uncle. They live together in a hidden room inside the walls of the Paris train station, where it’s the uncle’s job to maintain the station clocks — until one night he disappears. Now Hugo is alone, still living inside the station walls, stealing to survive, and maintaining the clocks so no one will know his uncle is gone.

Hugo also works on an automaton, a mechanical man, that his father was trying to restore. He steals parts from a toy shop in the station. When he’s caught, the mean store owner takes away his father’s notebook and threatens him with arrest. But the old man’s hidden past and Hugo’s are intertwined, and the secret message hidden in the automaton’s workings is only the beginning.

Book review by Matt Berman of Common Sense Media

More details on the book and where you can borrow it from can be found here.

Here’s the exciting trailer for the movie adaptation, Hugo.

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Do remember that our library is closed for this week! All the best for your exams, Beacons!


Books to Movies

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Paddington, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls, Around the World in 80 Days… what do these titles have in common? They are book to movie adaptations and we celebrate the month of May with not just these titles, but many more!

From 2nd May to 25th May, borrow books that are under our “Books to Movies” category and receive 5 points! Borrowing other titles, participating in any library activity or recommending a book to a friend would award you with 1 point!

This week is is dedicated to all mothers! ♥

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We want to know all about your mother. Write us a note and tell us why your mom is special. Enjoy a hilarious movie titled Freaky Friday where a daughter and her mother who cannot relate to each other about anything accidentally end up switching bodies and learn how the other feels by being in their shoes. I mean, body. For those who want to showcase their artistic flair, we have a contest where you can submit a magazine cover featuring your mom! Find the activity forms at the library or submit them digitally by CLICKING THIS LINK HERE!

Special weeks for this month are for Diary of a Wimpy Kid and another for The Jungle Book. More details about those special weeks when they are nearing.

However, do note that the library will be closed next week, during exam week, from 7th May to 11th May. Don’t fret, we’ll send a reminder!

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See you at the library, Beacons!


Launch of bookpanda


bookpanda? Shouldn’t it be foodpanda?

No no, we are not mistaken. What we are delivering is not food but books! What’s more, it’s a free delivery service just for our P6s to support them in this extremely busy period of their primary school education.

How can our bookpanda services help you?

Well, you don’t have to make a trip to the library anymore to borrow a book. The list of books on bookpanda will be refreshed monthly to match the library programmes so you will be introduced to books that have similar themes as those in the library.

What’s this we hear about having to stop to read just because you need to study?

It’s all about balance. You need breaks even when you study, and you can use reading as it actually helps with your writing and you don’t really have to be conscious of it!

Take a look at this sample prepared just for you!

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So what are you waiting for? Go to bookpanda and start borrowing now!

bookpanda. “You book, we deliver.”

Super Readers

Term 1 Top 5 Super Readers

Not only are our Super Readers literally super readers, they are also amazing artists!

Here’s presenting to you their amazing illustrations.

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Title: Once Tashi Met A Dragon
Author: Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg
Super Reader Cover Illustration: Sachet Patil of 1/3

Title: Johnny Can Fly: A Visit to Singapore
Author: Benita Fong
Super Reader Cover Illustration: Ted Lim Jie Le of 2/3

Title: Katie the Kitten Fairy
Author: Daisy Meadows
Illustrator: Georgie Ripper
Super Reader Cover Illustration: Sarah Sng of 3/1

Title: Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire, Book 10)
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Super Reader Cover Illustration: Ethan Hun Zhe Kai of 4/1

Title: The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child
Author: Vicki Lockwood
Super Reader Cover Illustration: Sahirah Darwisyah of 4/4

“Reading is an art form, and every man can be an artist.” – Edwin Louis Cole

Congratulations to all winners!