Neil Humphreys has a reputation as a prolific author, but he proves himself to be a hit with the little ones too with his foray into children’s books. His latest event at Qiren Organisation @ Jurong East on 25 November saw a group of nearly 30 children listening in rapt attention as he did a lively recitation, complete with sound effects and actions, of Telling The Otters To Leave Home Was A Really Big Mistake, the latest instalment of his Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase series. No mean feat for a notoriously fickle audience.
Readers who are familiar with his previous works will recognise his brand of humour, and there was plenty of it. While the book itself might be slightly challenging for young budding readers, Humphreys’ engaging manner created an interactive experience that elicited smiles and laughter from both parents and kids. More importantly, the importance of environmental conservation was impressed upon the young minds, who left knowing more about the smooth-coated otters seen in Singapore.
Attendees were also able to get their books signed by the author, who took the time to have a chat with some of his youngest readers.
Telling The Otters To Leave Home Was A Really Big Mistake is the fifth book in Humphreys’ Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase series, which celebrates his personal passion for the environment and love for his daughter, the titular character’s namesake. Previous books saw Abbie Rose journeying with Billy, her best friend, through her magic suitcase to various exotic locales and meeting pandas, penguins and other wonderful creatures. Their adventures come to life with the help of colourful illustrations by Cheng Puay Koon, who Humphreys has called “the best illustrator in Singapore”.