10 Jan 2016: Terengganu & Tapir tales

Laced with charming anecdotes, Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days is a treasure trove of culture, craft, dialect and food-a visual journey through a picturesque East Coast state. Tip Toe Tapir is a short and unadorned tale about two tapirs-hidden within the simplicity, however, lies a valuable lesson.

tap trengUnlike the regal tiger or the crafty mouse-deer, the tapir is an unsung icon of classic Malaysian folklore. Aside from a subdued five-minutes of fame in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the odd-looking cousin of the horse and rhino is hardly the stuff of poems or legends until now. Tip Toe Tapir – A Malaysian Jungle Adventure is a charming tale about two tapirs penned by Korean-born writer Kim Han-min. It is composed in a style reminiscent of Vikram Seth’sBeastly Tales from Here and There and Raold Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. Dressed with simplicity yet filled with allegory, it is a neat little tale that will be enjoyed by all ages.

In Tip Toe Tapir, a baby and mother tapir’s day is turned topsy-turvy when a leopard and a mean old hunter turn up unannounced on the former’s birthday. Through catchy verses and colourful illustrations, follow Baby Tapir and Mummy Tapir as they plan their getaway from the nasty predators. The ending has a surprise twist and you’ll have to read it to find out!

Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days is an interactive travelogue-comic which takes you on a journey to discover the many facets of Kuala Terengganu – artistic heritage, culture and craft, the distinctive Terengganu dialect and local food. Written and drawn by Mimi Mashud in a white heat of inspiration during a sojourn in her mother’s hometown, this book is a visual journal of a fun-filled adventure in rediscovering the land of khepok lekor(fish sticks) and turtle plushies (actual turtles are hard to come by these days, says Mimi).

Laced with the author’s personal anecdotes, Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days is a light enjoyable read for anyone who is keen to know more about Terengganu’s capital town, but would rather skip the thick and dry travel guides. It’s the perfect vacation companion.

About the authors: Kim Han-min’s interest in nature and animals inspired him to create the lovable Mummy and Baby Tapir characters. Mimi Mashud, a Monash graduate, works as a freelance illustrator/professional doodler. Kuala Terengganu in 7 Days is Mimi’s second comic book, after Beijing in 5 Days.