Friday, January 15, 2016

Hari Pertama Sekolah - Picture Book Series

Just before I moved to England, I worked on a picture book series project with author Naning Chandra. The series is called Hari Pertama Sekolah (First Day at School), consists of 5 titles in total. This series was published by Bhuana Ilmu Populer (BIP) in February 2015.

After read all the scripts, I started to make sketches of the characters and the environment, followed by the storyboards, then sent them to the editor to get some feedbacks. I used watercolours to make the final artworks and it took around 6 months to complete this project. 

Work in progress - Hari Pertama Sekolah

This picture book series highlights various problems that commonly faced by preschoolers on their first day of school. There was Cici the rabbit who wanted to bring her toy to school, Leo the lion who refused to give up diapers, Hopy the hippo who got panicky when her mother was not around, and many more. 

I think this series could be listed as an ideal reading materials for toddlers, especially the ones who will start a nursery or preschool because it could help them to familiarise themselves with the challenges they might face there.

Hari Pertama Sekolah Picture Book Series

We made the video trailer for each titles. Watch them here:

Book 1 trailer Ayo Berangkat! / Let's Go!(to school)
Book 2 trailer Mama di Mana, Ya? / Where is Mommy?
Book 3 trailer Jangan Malu, Leo / Don't be Ashamed, Leo
Book 4 trailer Gogo Mau Berbagi / Gogo Wants to Share
Book 5 trailer Maafkan Nanu, Ya / Please Forgive Nanu
See the full playlist here

The series is available in Gramedia Bookstore and could be bought online here. It is also possible to order them directly from the lovely author, Naning Chandra by contacting her via email at

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