Maxilla: A Book Review

Maxilla: A Book Review

Coco is a big fan of little critters.

She is particularly fascinated by creepy crawlies and is always on the lookout for earthworms, snails, spiders and butterflies while on our walks around the neighbourhood.

We're on a Bug Hunt!

We’re on a Bug Hunt!

Say whaaaaat? A girl who likes bugs, reptiles and molluscs?! Doesn’t she find them icky?

Making friends with a fat millipede while on vacation

Making friends with a fat millipede while on vacation

Not at all!

Contrary to the misconception that girls and creepy crawlies don’t go together, Coco finds these tiny creatures interesting and loves getting close to them – a little too close, sometimes, like when she placed her face on the floor, gaze glued on a cockroach, because I said to “keep an eye on it” while I ran to fetch the bug spray.

So it was a sad irony that, other than The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, we didn’t have a single book about her beloved bugs.

While the tale of Carle’s greedy little protagonist fired our imaginations and brilliantly weaved multiple concepts on counting, colours and days of the week into one simple storyline, I found it hard to explain to a two-year-old that caterpillars don’t really dig fruit and salami and sweets.

"Would you like a lollipop, little caterpillar?"

“Would you like a lollipop, little caterpillar?”

Recently, we were introduced to Maxilla by Lianne Ong.  I immediately saw the similarities between Coco and the little boy in the story, who finds a caterpillar in the school garden. Reuben names his wriggly charge Maxilla and brings her home to be his pet, giving her grass for food – just like how Coco would painstakingly collect and present an array of leaves and grass to her leggy captive – only to have the caterpillar turn its nose up at all the menu offerings.

Hello again and The Groovy Giraffe

Yes it’s me again, your friendly Bubsicles writer.

I know, we have been silent for a really long time. Dreadful, really. I’ve been really swamped at work and when I come home, I still have to put on my mummy hat and perform mummy duties. By the time the kiddo hits the sack, I am ready to hit mine too! And I, erm, did. I’ve been snoozing at 10pm every night ever since school started, it’s like I am back in primary school all over again.

But it’s the term break now and I have resurfaced into the land of the living. And I have news for you! We have a new writer on board – and she is brilliant – plus I want to tell you all about The Groovy Giraffe.

So sit back, enjoy this post and I promise you that I will have more on the way.


While we hardly buy toys for the little man, the one thing that I try not to stinge on is books. Ever since he was a wee bub, we have been reading to him and now, at 21 months, he loves books. Reading is part of his bedtime routine and he’s always happy to sit on the floor, flipping the pages of his books quietly.

I used to buy his books from The Book Depository but recently, I’ve uncovered a gem. And it’s a local shop to boot. The Groovy Giraffe is Singapore’s first official remainder bookshop, which stocks brand new, overstock and overprint books. Best of all, the books can be purchased at just a fraction of recommended retail prices, some up to 85% off!

What’s more, the good people behind The Groovy Giraffe offer impeccable service. When I first got to know of the site, I purchased Jamie’s America and Nigella Fresh at unbelievable prices ($9.90 each then) just to try it out. Within three days – as they promise – I received my books in pristine condition. And recently, I decided to gift a new mum girlfriend of mine books to celebrate the birth of her beautiful boy. The administrators not only informed me of a slight defect in my original choice, they even suggested a replacement for me. And, again, the books reached my girlfriend in three days, fully wrapped, thanks to their Christmas promotion.

The shop may not have as wide a variety as other bookshops but you are sure to find something that you like. And since Christmas is just round the corner, why not order some books as presents? As mentioned, you’ll enjoy free gift wrapping. And more importantly, get 10% off the already discounted prices! The promotion runs from now till December 25.

Here are some of my picks from the site that would make the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

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