Puteri Gunung Ledang

Here’s my latest picture book, Puteri Gunung Ledang, written in Bahasa Malaysia (Malay Language).

I know the story of the Princess from Mount Ledang has appeared in books, movies, and plays— but I still want to feature the story, in my own words.

I am telling it in a different perspective; in an angle as if I myself was standing behind the Princess, so close that I can convey her feelings. This contrasts with many stories, especially those written for children, where the Princess is rather passive. Indeed, the original story was likely told to show how great and powerful the Sultan of Melaka was. Although he didn’t win her hand, it was not because he lacked the power but because he was conscious of his duty towards his heir and country.

The story is told in poetry which gives it drama and pathos, suitable for a play. This is definitely one book to add to your collection if you are a fan of folktales and a collector of picture books.

I use the motifs of Malaysian batik sarongs but however, unlike the bright colours of batik, I use primarily red, yellow, grey and white, resulting in a subdued effect.

I am taking this opportunity to acknowledge the editor, Datuk Hjh Zaiton Ajamain.

You can preview the book and/or buy online at:  Puteri Gunung Ledang, Oyez Book Store.

Alternatively, you can buy offline from Silverfish Book Store, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar, KL.

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Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe by Rakeru, Tokyo

As a big fan of Beatrix Potter and her creation, Peter Rabbit, going to its cafe is a must, so I did that on my second day in Tokyo with my friend Mazni and her daughter, Nadya.


This cafe is situated at Jiyugaoka area, a stylish and chic neighbourhood at the southern part of Meguro-ku.

Arriving at this cafe, first thing that I noticed was the beautiful alfresco garden setting. I ran up the stairs and opened the cafe’s door excitedly, just like a little kid entering a wonderland. It was truly a fantastic feeling.

prcafeTell me how would you feel seeing a cafe like this? Amazing, right?

Once inside, we helped ourselves to a table. The setting is very English, of course, to honour Beatrix Potter, the well-known  English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

On the table there were two copies of  Peter Rabbit books (in Japanese), a jar of wrapped cube sugars, a pitcher of plain water, drink glasses, as well as little bell to ring. There was also Petter Rabbit waiting for us.

peter-rabbitPeter Rabbit and Dina.

peter-rabbit2We invited Flopsy Bunny from next table to join us.

We ordered two coffee (with Peter Rabbit art), hot chocolate, and Doubleberry French Toast Casserole. Everything was nicely presented and we went oohs and aahs eating the yummy casserole. The coffee and chocolate was good too.



We spent more than two hours at the cafe just enjoying the surrounding while making photos and videos. Here’s a video made by Nadya, featuring Mazny as the intro:

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Dream World now available in Indonesia

Pre-order is now available in Indonesia for my Dream World colouring book. Head on to Tokotmindo on Instagram to pre-order and get 30% discount. It is compilation of few of my colouring books into one book.

Dream World is published by Penerbit Haru.

Judul : Dream Worlddream world_indonesia
Penulis: Emila Yusof
Halaman: 52
Ukuran: 19×22 cm
ISBN: 978-602-77428-4-0

Buku ini berisi 48 ilustrasi yang akan membawa Anda menjelajah dunia mimpi. Anda akan menemukan peri-peri di dedaunan, berkunjung ke berbagai rumah pohon, dan melihat dunia di atas punggung burung raksasa.
Ceriakan dunia mimpi di buku mewarnai untuk dewasa ini dengan untaian warna dan imajinasi yang Anda miliki!
Jangan lupa bagikan karya Anda dengan tagar #DreamWorldID, dan mention @penerbitharu serta @coloringbookid. Best selling coloring book dari illustrator asal Malaysia. Instagram @EmilaYusof

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Emila Yusof’s colourart book making news in Germany



Neue Presse 9 November 2015

Colour us excited!

Sharpen your crayons and go! colouring isn’t kids’ stuff anymore but a real trend among adults to unwind. ‘Neue Presse’ editor Maike Jacobs and Frank Wilde (photography) present the most interesting books and the stars of the scene.

When Anja Leidel is colouring she tends to forget everything around her. Colouring is pure relaxation for her. She loses herself completely in the worlds on paper that become more colourful with every stroke: ‘This form of colouring is for me a creative kind of meditation’, the 38-year-old says. ‘It’s so exciting to see how the colours come to life and the picture changes its expression. You stop thinking about anything else – colouring art truly grounds me.

Anja Leidel always used to draw and paint, showed her paintings in an exhibition in high school times but didn’t continue her hobby. ‘I became a graphic designer and focused on editorial design instead.’ Besides her agency she founded a small publishing house called ‘feingespinst‘ last year dedicated to publish beautiful and artful books.

‘At Frankfurt book fair last year I met the Malaysian artist, Emila Yusof. I liked her artworks so much that I immediately decided to publish them as colouring art books for adults under my publishing label.’ Each of the colouring art books ‘Mama Erde’ (‘Mother Earth’) and ‘Liebe Natur’ (‘Nature Sings’) contain 13 hand drawn artworks by Emila Yusof. ‘You can frame your masterpiece after it’s done or give it away as a a gift’, the young publisher recommends.

And of course Anja Leidel rediscovered her old hobby and now colours with enthusiasm herself: ‘When colouring, the biggest joy is creating your own rules – what colours you choose or what combinations you use.’

EXCITED: Anja Leidel hasn’t only discovered her passion for colouring, but published two colouring books for adults. ‘Mutter Erde’ — ‘Mother Earth’ — (small photograph) is one of them.


Neue Presse 9. November 2015

Das können Sie sich nicht schöner ausmalen

Stifte gespitzt und los gehts: Ausmalen ist kein Kinderkram, sondern unter Erwachsenen ein echter Trend mit meditativer Wirkung. NP-Redakteurin Maike Jacobs und Frank Wilde (Fotos) stellen die interessantesten Bücher und die Stars der Szene vor.

Wenn Anja Leidel ausmalt, dann vergisst sie alles um sich herum. Malen, das ist für sie pures Abschalten. Sie verliert sich vollkommen in den Welten auf dem Papier, die Strich um Strich bunter werden: „Diese Form des Ausmalens ist für mich eine kreative Art der Meditation“, sagt die 38-Jährige. „Es ist so spannend, zu sehen, wie die Farben allmählich wirken und das Bild einen anderen Ausdruck bekommt. Man denkt an nichts anderes – das Ausmalen erdet einen!“

Anja Leidel hat schon immer gemalt, als Abiturientin sogar eine Ausstellung mit ihren Bildern gehabt, aber dann das Hobby nicht weiter verfolgt. „Ich bin Grafikdesignerin geworden, habe mich mehr auf Publikationsdesign konzentriert.“

Neben ihrer Agentur hat die Hannoveranerin im letzten Jahr den kleinen Verlag „Feingespinst“ aufgebaut, in dem sie schöne, künstlerische Bücher herausbringt.

„Vergangenes Jahr habe ich auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse die malaysische Künstlerin Emila Yusof kennengelernt. Ihre Bilder fand ich gleich so toll, dass ich sofort beschloss, diese als Malbücher für Erwachsene in meinem Verlag herauszubringen.“ Die Bücher „Mama Erde“ und „Liebe Natur“ sind Ausmalbücher (8,50 Euro) mit jeweils 13 handgezeichneten Motiven. „Man kann die Bilder auch nach dem Ausmalen heraustrennen, sich rahmen oder auch verschenken“, sagt die Jung-Verlegerin.

Und natürlich hat Anja Leidel ihr altes Hobby wiederentdeckt und malt mit Begeisterung selbst aus: „Beim Ausmalen ist der besondere Spaß, dass man sich selbst die Regeln setzen kann, welche Farben man nimmt, unter welchen Aspekten man die Muster coloriert.“


BEGEISTERT: Anja Leidel hat nicht nur ihre Leidenschaft fürs Ausmalen entdeckt, sondern auch schon zwei Erwachsenen-Malbücher herausgebracht. „Mutter Erde“ (kleines Foto) ist eines davon.

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My Colourart Series now available in Germany!


Mama-ErdeCredit photo: Anja Leidel @feingespinst.

My colouring books, Mama Erde (Mother Earth) and Liebe Natur (Nature Sings) are now available in Hannover, Germany. Published by Feingespinst Verlag.


  • LITERA Buchhandlung Hildegard George
    Jakobistraße 12, Hannover
  • Buchhandlung BücherwurmKinder- und Jugendliteratur
    Kollenrodtstraße 55, Hannover
  • de.dawanda.com/shop/feingespinst

    or e-mail to:

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Tribute to Beatrix Potter’s would-be-149th birthday

A drawing of Flopsy Bunnies I made in tribute to Beatrix Potter’s would-be-149th birthday. Drawn on Monologue Soft Sketchbook using Staedtler watercolour pencils and Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolour.


“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” – Beatrix Potter.

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Her parents were artistic, interested in nature, and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and her brother, Bertram, had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

Her artistic talents were recognized early. She enjoyed private art lessons and developed her own style, favouring watercolour. She illustrated insects, fossils, archaeological artifacts, and fungi, along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined.

In the 1890s, her mycological illustrations and research into the reproduction of fungus spores generated interest from the scientific establishment. Following some success illustrating cards and booklets, Potter wrote and illustrated The Tale of Peter Rabbit, publishing it first privately in 1901, and a year later as a small, three-colour illustrated book with Frederick Warne & Co. Windermere, in 1905.

She continued to write and illustrate, and to design spin-off merchandise based on her children’s books for Warne, until the duties of land management and her diminishing eyesight made it difficult to continue.

Potter published over 23 books; the best known are those written between 1902 and 1922. She died of pneumonia and heart disease on 22 December 1943 at her home in Near Sawrey (Lancashire) at age 77, leaving almost all her property to the National Trust. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park.

Potter’s books continue to sell throughout the world in many languages. Her stories have been retold in song, film, ballet, and animation. The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, a TV series based on her stories, has been released on VHS by Pickwick Video and later Carlton Video.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrix_Potter

You might want to try this quiz: Which Beatrix Potter character are you?, published by The Guardian, in celebration of what would be Beatrix Potter’s 149th birthday. Find out which of her most beloved animal characters you would be with this quiz!

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Beat the stress with my Colourart Series


For the past few months, I have been working on this colouring book series and Alhamdulillah, all four of them are already published by Oyez!Books and now available for online purchase at oyezbookstore.com. You can also buy from Silverfish Books in Bangsar Village 2 but I am not too sure if they have stocks as these books are a favourite buy and fast-selling especially among adults.

Colouring books are now an escapism for those who want to beat stress. How is that? *Experts say colouring helps to calm the amygdala, the part of the brain that controls our emotions and senses. It may also provide a mental escape by transporting us back to the carefree days of childhood. When colouring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

*Source credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html

Buy now from oyezbookstore.com. RM20 each. Make your purchase online, wait for the book to arrive at your doorstep and colour away.

While waiting, get the colouring tools ready. I recommend you buy a set of colour pencils because crayons are a bit bulky for the intricate details in these colouring books.



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