Title: Master & Apprentice
Author: Lim Lay Har
Illustrator: Lim Lay Koon
For Whom: Kids from 9-14
Meet The Characters
The Master - Kow Kee, The Kuih Lapis Seller
The Apprentice - Kow Kee's son Kee Huat, the Baker
Old Wong - The Coffee Shop Owner
Aunty Sim - The Chatterbox With The Cauliflower Hair
Mr Chew Teck Lee - The Plump Tycoon
I love that this book is full of local scenes and characters that readers can identify with easily. The author certainly has a way with words. Children reading this can quickly learn how to use idioms and proverbs to describe situations. It will certainly be a good change from reading boring school essays. For example, the clever play of words when describing the scene when his friend suggested that Kow Kee participate in the Merdeka cooking competition was hilarious.
"Whoever heard of a 68-year old man taking part in a cooking competition? Why, he would shrivel under the spotlight! Even worse, he would be surrounded by chatterboxes who could talk the tail off a donkey. He shuddered at the memory of Aunty Sim and Mrs. Chan trying their hardest to pry his secret kuih lapis recipe from him. He was like a fish out of water whenever he had the misfortune of getting cornered by those two women. He'd open and close his mouth, unable to get a word in sideways while their incessant chatter flowed over him like a babbling brook."
Aunty Sim was described as a plumpish woman in her late fifties with short greying hair permed into tight curls that made her look like she had a grey cauliflower sitting on top of her head.
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