Ay Naku!

July 30, 2012 by

Tahanan wins 2012 National Children’s Book Award for Ay Naku!

Congratulations Reni Roxas and Sergio Bumatay, III!

“A dear book that should be on the shelf of every emerging reader…a wonderful book for teaching Filipino words in a fresh, creative way.”—Smart Parenting Magazine

The thing that strikes you when you pick up this book is the sparseness of the text and the movement in the illustrations, and you know that it was planned that way. This is a book that pulls it off.

Ay naku. Botbot is a walking disaster, and the single verbs and adjectives that accompany him only accentuate that. He wears his clothes inside out, falls down the stairs, bumps into objects, breaks the fishbowl. He hides under the sofa while his family cleans up after him. Ay naku. Lucky for Botbot, there’s a tolerance we reserve for our bunsos, our youngests, and we always love them anyway.—Ma. Elena P. Locsin, writer, educator, and one of the judges for the  NCBA 2012


One Response to Ay Naku!

  1. Lady Lyn Calderon Haltom

    This book, Ay Naku! together with Kumilos Tayo Kuya! and Kumilos Tayo Ate!  were generously shared to us for book reviews by Ms. Reni Roxas, author and publisher at Tahanan Books.   We personally chose it to introduced the Tagalog language basics to our 2 years old daughter.

    Ay Naku talks about a realistic day story of a young boy named Botbot whose clumsiness frustrate the whole family and made them expressed the phrase Ay Naku!  Ay Naku is a common Filipino expression used to convey disappointment, exasperation, or surprised dismay. -Reni Roxas. 

    Journeying on this book with our daughter, made her more exposed not just to the 65 simple Filipino verbs and everyday dialogue that is benefiting for her brain plasticity, and bilingual development but also to Filipino close familial culture.

    The one-to-two word per page is very suitable for story telling to toddlers, and a good choice in dealing daily parenting issues with our child feelings and us, parents emotions.

    I can relate in Botbot’s unintentional clumsiness.  This is classic, I remembered when I was a kid, I accidentally broke the figurine filled with water placed at the top of our television.  I truly can’t forget this incident, it damaged our television picture tube that made my brother insanely MAD! Haha

    Also, Mr. Sergio Bumatay did a good job in presenting the story in an artistic-clear illustration in every pages.  The only thing I observed with our toddler, each time we reached the folded page in the middle where Botbot was hiding beside the arm chair, our daughter freak-out and tried to skipped the page.  All in all, we enjoyed it!  

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