Chickaboo the Runaway Ostrich
Chickaboo the Ostrich lives in a lovely garden. She plays with the turkeys and sleeps with Siger, the Husky dog. But when Chickaboo grows bigger, the garden is no longer big enough for her. One day, she goes for an adventure on the main highway of Kuala Lumpur!
On 16 June 2016, drivers on the Kuala Lumpur Federal Highway were surprised to see an ostrich running along the road. A video was uploaded onto the internet and overnight, Chickaboo the ostrich became a star. This book was inspired by the events of that day.
Amused by the story, Lim Lay Koon drew a picture of the runaway ostrich and shared it on facebook. At the same time, Heidi Shamsuddin had started writing a story based on the ostrich. And Oyez!Books is proud to publish Chickaboo the Runaway Ostrich for all children to enjoy and for posterity!
HEIDI SHAMSUDDIN worked as a lawyer in UK and ran a cafe in Malaysia before becoming a writer and a literary agent. She won the first prize of the Eye Level Children’s Literature Competition (Regional Level) with her short story, ‘Johan the Bee Hunter,’ in 2012. After that, she began writing ‘The Door Under the Stairs’, a chapter book series about three children who discovered a magical door that took them to the past. Heidi loves traveling, hiking, taking pictures, cooking and meeting people. She lives in Selangor with her husband, three children, and two cats.
LIM LAY KOON comes from a computer science background. She is a self-taught illustrator and enjoys illustrating the little details of everyday life. She has published several books with her sister Lay Har, such as Atuk's Amazing Sarong and Master & Apprentice. She has also illustrated a scifi chapter book, The Nanobots and Other Stories by Golda Mowe. Other books include The Mystery of the Missing National Anthem by Heidi Shamsuddin.