Secrets of Singapore: National Gallery
Catherine Nadira Tan
Illustrated by Elvin Ching
Secrets of Singapore gets a revamp as a cast of new characters peels off the paint to discover the history and secrets at the National Gallery.
From secret passages and a hidden dome to an underground time capsule, there is definitely more to the National Gallery than meets the eye!
In Secrets of Singapore: National Gallery, join Professor Brushie and Curious Canvas to discover a time when the building had a split personality! Learn about the BIG SECRET lift that carries the Gallery’s precious masterpieces. Find out why you can’t touch any of the artworks and why the windows are never open. What is a gallery sitter? Why are there black lines on the floor? Could there be ghosts lurking in the corners of the Gallery?
Time to brush up on your art facts and draw back the curtains on the National Gallery!
About the Author
Catherine Nadira Tan is an author and copywriter. She doesn’t have a PhD in art, but she does have a Pint-sized and Humorous Daughter. When she is not working, she likes to visit libraries and museums because those are quiet places. Visiting them also makes her feel—and she hopes— become smarter. Secrets of Singapore: National Gallery is her first children’s book.
About the Illustrator
Elvin Ching works as an illustrator and storyboard artist in Singapore. He is the illustrator of several Danger Dan and Gadget Girl books and all of the Secrets of Singapore series; his cover for Secrets of Singapore: National Museum won best children’s book cover at the Popular Reader’s Choice Awards 2017. In his free time, he likes to create his own little comics. His short stories have been published in the Eisner-nominated comics anthology Liquid City. He has also illustrated trading cards for Marvel, comics for the Pangu series of books by Martha Keswick and a comic book series written by Kelly Bender. Elvin has too many comic books at home. He has so many comics that there are some he hasn’t even found time to read yet!
“This book reveals all kinds of fascinating facts about National Gallery Singapore that would enrich any visit here!”
–Elaine Ee, Deputy Director, National Gallery Singapore
“A treasure trove of all things art-related—from the nitty-gritty of setting up an exhibition to art-making and the who’s who of art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Filled with quirky illustrations, this is a charming and easy-to-read introduction for both the young and young-at-heart taking the first step towards art appreciation in National Gallery Singapore.”
–Chia Mia Chiang, President, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
"A visit to National Gallery Singapore would not be complete without this book. Besides the 101 facts that will satisfy the most curious kid (is there really a chocolate ceiling?), it offers a friendly and accessible take on how to appreciate art. A real gem!"
–Monica Lim, author of The Good, the Bad and the PSLE, and co-author of the Danger Dan series and several award-winning Secrets of Singapore books
"A riveting page-turner for both the serious adult and the curious child... Teeming with fascinating nuggets about National Gallery Singapore and filled with endless adventure. You will never look at a simple piece of artwork the same way again, knowing that there is a whole realm of history for you to delicately uncover and relish."
–Caroline Sin, General Paper tutor
Size: 215 x 140mm
Published: April 2020