Come open the pages of 新鲜阿婆 and be tickled by her daily adventures! Along with her neighbours 三姑、六婆、her pet 小猫 and the hawkers, 阿婆 experiences many funny moments in the community day after day.
I think this is a good read not only for children, but for adults and even seniors in our midst!
These comics are set in the neighbourhood and feature lots of local scenes - at the corridor, in the hawker center, on the train and more!
Familiar local topics include prevention of dengue, “chope”-ing of seats at hawker centers, being frugal, rising food costs, second-hand smoking and high-rise littering which are relatable to all!
What I really love is that we learn interesting Mandarin lingo through incredibly funny comics, like 灵机一动，原来如此，你争我夺，自扫门前雪 and tons more.
To understand the comics, my 8 and 6 year old boys would ask me to explain certain words or what the speech bubbles meant - to which I happily oblige!
The cartoonist 蔡新友 wrote this series for 早报周刊, the weekly column of our local Chinese newspaper 联合早报. Did you know, the first of these cartoons appeared 31 May 1998, over 23 years ago!
蔡新友 shared that the main character 阿婆 is based on his late grandma - her appearance, personality, clothing and the way she used to talk! What a lovely tribute. It's amazing that she continues to live on and touch the hearts of many through his comics.
Review from my 8-year-old:
He was so tickled that he related the joke to my husband with giggles.
Recommended for Ages: 5 and above
Language: Simplified Chinese
The relatable struggles of everyday Singaporeans depicted in this book reminds me of a song 《小人物的心声》: