Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace

A grandmother’s tale in a masterfully illustrated children’s picture book.

Nenek Tata is preparing for a normal day, gathering water, feeding her animals and checking the crab traps in the mangrove swamp before the first storm of the monsoon season arrives. And then the day turns not-so-normal…

‘A clap of thunder cracked overhead. Unable to fight the urge to look behind here, Nenek Tata turned her head …’

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Judith Vun Price, Jacqui Vun

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A grandmother’s tale about the day a monster came out of the swamp and threatened her home.

A grandmother’s tale – Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace – is a delightfully illustrated story for children 2-12. It illustrates the steamy jungles of Sabah Malaysia in eye-catching beauty.

Both humorous and a little bit scary, this grandmother’s tale follows Nenek Tata on a day that starts as normal. But it turns out to be not-so-normal. When Nenek Tata checks her crab traps inside the gloomy jungles of the swamp, a huge, dripping, brown monster emerges. And, when the monster follows her, she must defend her home to the last. She discovers the monster’s identity just in time.

You will too, when you see the funny twist in the end. Like little scares often found in hantu Malaysian folk stories, children get to see the funny side of life.

Children discover farm animals and jungle animals as they read along. They see many unique plants of the Sabah jungle, beautifully illustrated. Following Nenek Tata in her daily chores entertains and teaches children about the dangers of the swamps and jungles.

Illustrations put unique grandmother’s tale on show for children of all ages.

Gorgeous full-colour illustrations transform the tranquil landscape of Sabah as a monsoon storm approaches. The menacing storm clouds amplify the drama. They draw the reader into the growing mystery. What is this monster, where did it come from? they wonder.

Nenek Tata and the Mangrove Menace captures north Borneo’s beautiful and exquisite colours, textures and patterns. The masterful, 36 full colour illustrations show meticulous detail. In a melding of cultures, young readers enjoy a wild and rollicking adventure, keeping them on the edge of their seats to the very end.


“There’s a twist at the end. It was predictable but still made me laugh out loud. The illustrations are realistic and beautifully capture the vibes.”

“Beautiful illustrations with easy poetic text tell the story of Nenek Tata and her adventures in the mangrove swamps. Folktales are always a fun topic for children’s stories, and I love the playful nature of this one.”

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Weight .402 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 22.2 × .89 cm




Judith Vun Price, Jacqui Vun


Jacqui Vun, Judith Vun Price





Cover finish

Matte laminate



Number of illustrations


Interior Print & Paper

Colour: Premium, white stock


Crotchet Quaver

Year Published



Juvenile (Child 0-12)

Subject Codes

JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General, JUV012060 JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Asian


222mm (h) x 222mm (w)

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