The Adventures of Squirky the Alien

A Children's Book Series on Adoption


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Squirky #1 Book Launch @ Woods in the Books

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The book launch last Saturday went by in a blur. I’d only slept at 4am that morning (clearing work, preparing for the launch, and then Little C. wakes up at 2.30am wanting to discuss nursery rhymes), had a little adult workshop to run at 9am and then by afternoon I seriously felt like the world looked too bright – but that’s when the book launch started.

I’m trying to write down as much as I remember about the event. Selective snippets yes, but stuff I’d want to not forget. Little C. for one, felt very happy about the “Squirky party” and being able to make new friends.

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Ah, that’s me attempting storytelling. There’s little C. walking around pretty much like he owned the bookshop, and getting in the way of the projector at times causing the other kids to scream “Move away!” There’s little Hannah on the left who was pointing out the words I was supposed to be reading from the book. Given my state of mind then, that was a lifesaver. Little C. felt competitive about that and came in front to jab my book around. Also, there were some kids who were asking a lot of questions and giving spoilers away throughout the reading. David the illustrator says that is pretty much what happens at any children’s book reading (lesson learned).

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My husband Darren told me things got pretty crazy crowded during the middle of the event, especially at the craft corner. I was largely unaware of this  because my brain only allowed me just enough mental capacity not to lose my black autograph marker. I am so thankful for friends who helped out in this aspect. 

There were also plenty of cuties who posed with the adorable Squirky standee that David made. 

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At the end of the day, this was really for the kids. And I’m glad they had fun 🙂 


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#ohbuddy

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C. has been rather difficult lately. His tantrums have hit a new level of shrieky, and I’m surprised he does not get dizzy with all the circular writhing he does on the floor. He also wakes up at 5am everyday wanting to “play choo-choos” and he loves to dismantle anything he gets his hands on. We are trying to work around it by reading discipline books and readjusting his sleep routine – but really, at the end of the day, it’s all up to him ain’t it? 

During these exhausting moments, I do wonder whether coming up with the Squirky book series is something worth doing. But then I recall the photos I get from school where he is always rapt with attention during storytelling and I try, with all my limitations, to chug along with this. 

Last night, as I put C. to bed, he asked, “Where am I going?” 

And given his new PJs (see above), I told him, “You’re going to space to see Squirky.” 

C. pumped his fists in the air and went “Heerayyyyyy!” 


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Launch Prep

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We’ll be launching The Adventures of Squirky the Alien next Saturday (see above for details) and things have been busy! (And it’s a public event, so feel free to pop by if you’re in this part of the world i.e. Singapore)  Am so grateful to Woods in the Books for letting us hold the launch there, MT Masking Tape for sponsoring beautiful washi tapes for the craft activities, MPH Singapore with managing logistics that I’d never quite get around, and friends who have offered help in the running of the event. And of course there’s the illustrator David, who has all these ideas all the time and all I can say is MAN, HELP IS GOOD THANK YOU GOD.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the goodies in store:

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The Sneak Peek Readers

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We have been selling some copies of Squirky #1 to friends and have been so encouraged by the responses from our young readers.

There’s nothing quite so heartwarming as the sight of children really getting into their books.

Another thought: my initial concern was that kids who do not come from adoptive families might not be able to relate to the story. But I guess I underestimated the power of imagination to stretch their level of empathy as well.