In Secrets of Singapore: Botanic Gardens, Danger Dan and Gadget Girl go out on a limb to uproot the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ deepest, darkest secrets.
Within the lush grounds, the superhero duo find a tree so famous that its portrait can be found in any Singaporean’s wallet, as well as an orchid older and taller than any human alive. Flying back 140 years into the past, they also discover that the Botanic Gardens used to be home to a mixed bag of critters, including a tapir who dreamed of being a rock. Not a rock star. Just a rock. #achievablegoals
There’s more! Danger Dan and Gadget Girl realise that the botanical world is more twisted than they think. As it turns out, strawberries are only pretending to be berries, tomatoes can’t decide whether they are fruits or vegetables, and sunflowers are really evil at heart.
Trek through the Singapore Botanic Gardens with Danger Dan and Gadget Girl. You will never look at your plant pals the same way again!
“It is wonderful to see the Botanic Gardens getting the Secrets of Singapore treatment. Now a younger audience can get curious about a place that is so much more than just a park. As Singapore’s best-preserved historic landscape and its first UNESCO site, the Botanic Gardens is an encyclopaedia of sometimes unlikely things, such as the Tiger Orchid that is so large that a crane would be needed to lift it. With this book, you can surprise your friends with a quirky knowledge of the Gardens that everybody thinks they know!”
—Dr Nigel Taylor, director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
“This delightful book, about one of my favourite places in the whole world, has a bit of everything—science, history, fun facts and more. It’s such a gripping read that once you start, you won’t be able to leaf it alone!”
—Dr Shawn Lum, president of Nature Society (Singapore), winner of the 2017 President’s Award for the Environment and senior lecturer at the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University
“A wonderful book that will intrigue and engage young readers (and their parents) in the botanical treasure house that is the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Who knew that Singapore has the largest collection of orchids in the world? Or that a banana is actually a herb? Or that birds are able to disperse chilli pepper seeds because they cannot sense spiciness? All this and more await discovery by young readers of this book.”
—Linda Locke, author of Agnes and the Amazing Orchid and great-grandniece of Agnes Joaquim, creator of the Vanda Miss Joaqu
An independent publisher based in Singapore, Epigram Books is known for putting together well-designed and thought-provoking titles. It began as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram but registered as a separate entity in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature.
It is best known for the middle grade series, The Diary of Amos Lee, which has sold over 240,000 copies worldwide. Other landmark publications include translations of Cultural Medallion winners and new editions of out-of-print classic Singaporean novels.
In 2014, a debut short story collection Epigram Books published, Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe, unanimously won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction.
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