Lion City Adventures


What is it?

A story book / activity book with facts about interesting places in Singapore.

Who is it by?

By Don Bosco, illustrated by Vishnu N. Rajan and published by Marshall Cavendish.

What is it about?

This book is about interesting places found in Singapore. There is a lot to be gained from it. Lion City Adventures serves as a travel guide, history book, and story and activities book.

The book addresses the reader as a “young adventurer”, instantly making the reader a part of the explorers group and inviting the reader to join the group and help solve the riddles and mysteries.

The places covered in the book are: Singapore River, Geylang Serai, Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Discovery Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens and Mint Museum of Toys.

It was good that the places explored are not the usual ones found in all travel books from the 70s. If you haven’t visited Singapore in a while, you may even discover some new places to visit … like the Mint Museum of Toys.

Each chapter delves into the history, what you can do, new words to be learnt (in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) followed by an activity (journal writing, drawing, or a riddle to be solved).

What can your child learn from it?

Besides learning new words (in various languages) and the history of Singapore and its many interesting places to visit, your child will also learn to explore and that it’s fun exploring and solving riddles.

What did I like about it?

I think this is a great idea for a book and kills a few birds with one stone. I liked the illustrations and author Bosco’s easy writing style – both of which will appeal to young and old readers.

There were some typos which I’m sure will be rectified in the next print run. They aren’t that many and won’t ruin the book for you, so it shouldn’t stop you from getting it.

Unlike history and travel books, Lion City Adventures is a very interesting read. It brings a contemporary outlook to places we’ve known all our lives.

I think it’s a great book to get, not just for young travellers, but also for Singaporeans and Malaysians who want to learn more about the country.

I think the author should come to Malaysia and write similar books on each state here!

Where to get it?

Times bookstores and Kinokuniya.

Should you get it?