Koko is a small boy who lives in a tropical village by the river. Life is quiet and peaceful until one day a tree comes to life as the menacing Green Giant! Can Koko the Great save the day?
A beautifully illustrated story with English and Mandarin audio features, Koko the Great allows children to learn while having fun.
Taking full advantage of its leap from print to the digital format, Koko the Great includes interactive animal sounds and an original soundtrack. Readers can create their own audio book by recording their reading and personalised the sounds, allowing for fun playback to friends and family.
Koko The Great is part of the National Art Gallery, Singapore's Dreaming Art Series where key works by Asian artists provide inspiration for original and new children’s illustrated stories. Koko’s story was inspired by first generation Singaporean artist Liu Kang’s oil painting Life by the River. The painting is in the collection of the National Heritage Board.
• interactive animal sounds
• play in English or Chinese
• swap between the languages page by page
• record and playback
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About the author:
Natalie Hennedige is the Artistic Director of Cake Theatrical Productions. Natalie was the recipient of the Young Artist Award by Singapore’s National Arts Council in 2007 and the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2010. In 2008, Natalie received the Best Director Award at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Nothing, which also won Production of the Year. In 2010, Natalie was awarded Best Director at the 8th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for Cuckoo Birds, a work developed in collaboration with leading Malaysian Arts Collective Five Arts Centre.
About the illustrator:
Twisstii is a Singapore-based illustrator who has worked with various publications, both online and in print. She has illustrated for the Monkey Magic series of books by Grant S. Clark published by Monsoon Books. She has also illustrated and animated iPhone app books for young children.
About the Narrators:
Chua Enlai is a household name in Singapore. An accomplished actor and host, he is best known as an actor on the international Emmy-nominated hit series The Noose. He has been a regular on other highly rated local English programmes such as Silver Lining, Sayang Sayang, Parental Guidance and My Sassy Neighbour. Enlai has worked on over 40 theatre productions with various arts groups. He is a recipient of the prestigious Asian Television Awards, receiving Best Actor (Comedy) in 2010 for his performance in The Noose. Other honours include Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at The Straits Times Life! Awards: Actor of the Year 2008 by Elle Magazine and Best Group Acting at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2006. Enlai is managed by FLY Entertainment Pte Ltd.
Danny Yeo (Yang Junwei) is a well-established media personality in Singapore having accumulated years of rich experience in radio, television and print since 1991. Besides being a Chinese media lecturer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, winning academic teaching awards in 2006 and 2008, he is also a theatre practitioner, a star blogger for omy.sg, a featured columnist for several publications and an author of three Mandarin Books. In 2010, he wrote for two local movies – Kidnapper and Love Cuts. As a voice-over talent, he is instantly recognizable in broadcast commercials.