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Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace by Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun
Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace by Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun
Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace by Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun
Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace by Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun
Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace by Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun

Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace by Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun

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ISBN: 9780995408685

A grandmother's tale about the day a monster came out of the swamp and threatened her home.

Stunning illustrations in this grandmother's tale capture the steamy jungles of Sabah Malaysia in eye-catching beauty for children of all ages.

Both humorous and a little bit scary, this grandmother’s tale follows Nenek Tata on a day that starts as normal but mysteriously turns out to be not-so-normal. When Nenek Tata goes to check her crab traps inside the gloomy jungles of the swamp, a huge, dripping, brown monster emerges. And, when the monster follows her, she must defend her home to the last … until she discovers the monster's identity.

The funny twist in the end, typical of those often found in hantu Malaysian folk stories delights children because they see the funny side of life.

Children discover farm animals and jungle animals along with unique and beautiful plants of Sabah as they follow Nenek Tata in her daily chores. As does many grandmother’s tales, Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace entertains while teaching young children about the dangers of the swamps and jungles.

Illustrations put unique grandmother's tale on show for children of all ages.

Dynamic, full-colour illustrations transform the tranquil landscape of Sabah as a monsoon storm approaches. The menacing storm clouds amplify the drama, drawing the reader into the growing mystery. What is this monster, where did it come from? they are asking.

Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace captures north Borneo’s beautiful native vegetation and animals and exquisite textures and patterns. The 36 full colour illustrations are masterfully done in meticulous detail. In a melding of cultures, young readers enjoy a wild and rollicking adventure, keeping them on the edge of their seats to the very end.

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Once upon a time, on the edge of a mangrove forest lived Nenek Tata and the Nenek Jantan.


Judith Vun Price and Jacqui Vun are sisters who emigrated as children from Sabah to Western Australia in 1974. They both forged careers as artists, designers and artisans whose love of visual storytelling is clearly evident in how they collaborate to produce exceptional work that honours the culture of their birthplace. Judith’s previous work includes author and illustrator of Koo Kaa & Burra: The Rescue, and illustrator of a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s It’s Quite True! by Lis Mathiasen.

Illustrations by Judith Vun Price, Jacqui Vun


"Masterfully illustrated, this book captures both the steamy lushness of Malaysia’s Sabah region and the everyday-warrior character of Nenek. " Writing WA 

"The illustrations are arresting and are apparently in the ‘Kadazan-Dusun style’. The book is aimed at younger students, but older ones would appreciate the fine pictures and tense story." Reading Time, CBCA


"There's a twist at the end. It was predictable but still made me laugh out loud. The illustrations are realistic and beautifully capture the vibes."

"Beautiful illustrations with easy poetic text tell the story of Nenek Tata and her adventures in the mangrove swamps. Folktales are always a fun topic for children's stories, and I love the playful nature of this one."

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ISBN-13: 9780995408685
ISBN-10: 0995408688
Size: 8.74 in x 8.87 in x 0.35 in 
Weight: 402 gr
Pages: 56
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Crotchet Quaver
Imprint: Crotchet Quaver
Publication Date: 2022-02-15
City of Publication:  AU
Readership: Children/juvenile,Primary and secondary/elementary and high school,ELT/ESL
  • BISAC: JUV001000-JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General 
  • BIC: YBCS-Picture storybooks
  • Thema: YFC-Children’s / Teenage fiction: Action and adventure stories 
Keywords: Malaysian folk story,Malaysian folk tales,Malaysian folktales, Monster picture book, Picture book, Picture books about Grandparents, Picturebook, Picturebooks about Sabah, Sabah, Sabah folk story, Sabah illustrated spooky stories, Scary children's picture books, Scary picture books, Spooky picture books, Stories about Grandparents, Stories about Sabah, Grandmother's tale, Grandmother's stories
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