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What happens when a village girl comes face-to-face with a sea monster, fails to save it from being killed, and turns into it that very night?

Nine-year-old Little Orchid lives by the river with her boisterous farming family in Singapore. Imaginative, curious yet also timid, she hears fascinating stories about a giant in the sea. One night at a friend's house, she finally m
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by CarryUsOff Books (first published October 5th 2011)
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Chrys Fey
Nov 01, 2014 Chrys Fey rated it it was amazing
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Little Orchid’s Sea Monster Trouble is about Lee (Little) Orchid, a nine-year-old girl in Singapore in 1965, who can’t swim and is afraid of sea monsters. Her siblings tease her constantly about her fear and when rumors of a giant monster circulate, she believes the Giant Cuttlefish is the culprit flinging small fish to shore. And she’s determined to prove to everyone that she’s right. The story takes a big turn at chapter seven that I wasn’t expecting. Little Orchid transforms into a "monster" ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
An Imaginative, Animal-Friendly Tale

(Full disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book for review through eBooks for Review.)

Little Orchid lives Jalan Kayu Village, a riverside fishing and farming community in central Singapore. The year is 1965, and the country is abuzz with talk of independence (or expulsion, depending who you ask) from Malaysia; just as nine-year-old Little Orchid is about to find her bigger, more grown-up self, so too is her homeland on the cusp of becoming "a grown-up coun
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jul 06, 2014 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it really liked it
Little Orchid lives in 1960′s Singapore with her family. When Little Orchid and her sister are invited to a wealthy classmate’s house for dinner, Little Orchid realizes that they are being served a giant cuttlefish – a special animal from the sea. They brought the mighty beast in, still alive, to be prepared. Little Orchid felt a connection with the cuttlefish when she made eye-contact with it, and feels sorry that she could not help it at all. Little Orchid tried to not eat the dishes with ...more
Alex Apostol
Feb 27, 2015 Alex Apostol rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an all around great chapter book for kids. Little Orchid was a wonderful, complex character just like every real child is. She had a great array of feelings that make it very easy for any kid to relate to her. I think the relationship she has with her older sister is similar to one many young sisters have. Sometimes it's hard for the older one to see how special their younger sister really is because they feel they have to take care of them all the time.
The story itself was am
M. Rempen
Sep 08, 2016 M. Rempen rated it it was amazing
"Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble", despite the somewhat banal title, is a moving tale of a young girl's transformation into a fish and the pain, friendship, and wonder that ensues. Gueh Yanting's little protagonist is full of loneliness, curiosity, empathy, and true awe for the voracious powers of wind and sea. Through her eyes, the world is a dark and wild place, full of myth and mystery, and the reverse-"Little Mermaid" story will attract anyone who enjoys the earnest, emotional work of ...more
Anita Radcliffe
Jan 13, 2015 Anita Radcliffe rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet, heartwarming book! I could almost cry right along with the main character, Little Orchid.

Yanting did a beautiful job writing this. It is easy to tell that she took her time in writing it, so that the emotions felt by Little Orchid might also be felt by the reader.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"'You think the other creatures are staring at us because my father is an emperor. But they are staring at you! You and your size and your beautiful patterns. You are the reason our r
Maranda Russell
Dec 07, 2014 Maranda Russell rated it it was amazing
I found this children's story very fun and engaging. I loved all the cultural aspects of it, since I don't know all that much about Malaysia or Singapore. I thought that the characters were easy to relate to and seemed like real people. The plot itself was exciting and easy to follow. Even though the story was fantasy and not realistic fiction, I still felt that it was believable and that the author did a good job of weaving magic and reality together. I liked how Little Orchid learned lessons ...more
Dawn Brazil
Apr 19, 2014 Dawn Brazil rated it it was amazing
Little Orchid's tale is one of encouragement, fantasy, and wonder. Children - especially 5th-7th graders - will love this story. The author is able to capture the innocence of Little Orchid so perfectly. And the vividness and descriptive nature of the writing will draw the reader in more to the story. You will feel emerged in the under water world with Little Orchid.
Karen Bainbridge
Little Orchid is a young, 6 year old, girl who lives in a village called Jalan Kayu on the Jalan Kayu river in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Set in 1965 it tells the tale of what happened to Little Orchid that year, the same one Singapore gained her independence from Malaysia. Little Orchid unlike all her brothers and sister cannot swim and is afraid of sea-monsters especially the Giant Cuttlefish!
After she and her older sister, Little Lotus are invited to dinner at Sister Rainbow's whose father is
Bonnie L. Boucek
Feb 10, 2016 Bonnie L. Boucek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A cute story that teaches an excellent lesson about self-confidence is Little Orchard’s Sea Monster Trouble by Gueh Yanting, Claudine. Little Orchard is a child that falls in the middle child category. She’s too young to be of great help around the house, but she is also too old to be the baby of the family and immune to chores and responsibility. This awkward position leaves her with much time to wonder if she is needed, wanted, or most importantly -- loved.
As Little Orchard starts to feel more
Claudine Yanting
Sep 09, 2015 Claudine Yanting rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The following isn't my review, but one from Readers' Favorite, which has given me permission to share it since GR doesn't allow professional review groups to post here directly. (As for me, I thought this book was great, too!) Anyway, here goes:


Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble by Claudine Gueh Yanting is an endearing story of trust and love. Little Orchid has heard stories of monsters lurking in the waters, like the Giant Turtle, Giant Cuttle
Jul 14, 2014 Ginascozylibrary rated it it was amazing
I was very excited when I learned that the author, Claudine Gueh Yanting, had released Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble. I've been following Claudine for quite sometime now at her heartfelt and endearing children's book literacy blog, Carry Us Off Books. She reminds me of one of those beloved Reading Rainbow writers because this is exactly how I felt while reading this story with my nephew.
We decided to read a little bit of the book each night during the week. My nephew is seven years old so
Tonja Drecker
May 11, 2014 Tonja Drecker rated it it was amazing
I found this story simply enchanting. The author takes us to a fishing town in Singapore, where a cute little girl named Orchid wonders about many things--especially about a huge monster cuttlefish and the havoc she's convinced it's raising.

With lovely details, the reader is swept into a far away land and later, a fantastical, undersea world. The descriptions are vivid but don't fall into the trap of being too heavy. I had no problem diving into the scenes surrounding Orchid.

The characters were
Angela Lambkin
Apr 28, 2014 Angela Lambkin rated it it was amazing
I chose to give the book" Little Orchid's Sea Monster Troubles" five stars for some very great creative writing and illustrating.
I really liked this book and found that once one started reading it , well they were hooked and it was hard to set the book
down once they begun reading it! About a girl who was forced to eat a cuttlefish and wound up finding that she was allergic
to this particular fish and had all kinds of bad symptoms from eating it shortly after eating even a small portion of it and
Jan 18, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The story telling was fluid and the lesson behind the story was a valuable one. It is clearly a book for age 9 and up though because it is a very short and fast read. The only thing that would make me say it is more for children completely is the artwork. While the pictures are great; they actually seem geared to and for children. They actually led me to believe this was a book for younger children until I started reading the story.

Many parts of this story resonated with me,
Feb 15, 2015 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
The book was beautifully written with vivid details. I read a paragraph to my husband and he was impressed by the description. Sometimes a book is overly flowery, but this one managed to have just the right amount for the story.

The book is set in Singapore during the mid 1960's. The storyline was about a little girl's very real fears. She then has to face those fears on her own.

Honestly, despite all this, I struggled to read it. Everyday I would read a bit more, but I could not get into the sto
Amira Abdellatif
Jan 25, 2015 Amira Abdellatif rated it it was amazing
“We dream of making beautiful books that inspire a
spirit for imagination and personal heroism.
We hope to encourage children to be a little braver,
to love themselves and others,
and to build their strongest world.”

Excerpt From: Gueh Yanting, Claudine. “Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble.” iBooks.
This material may be protected by copyright.

A lovely story of self-discovery. A children's story that is quite suitable for adults too. The journey of burgeoning self awareness. How we see ourselves vers
Sharon Absher
Jun 28, 2015 Sharon Absher rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free to do a honest review!

This is a great story for young children. It is about a little girl named Orchid who thinks the big monster cuttlefish is wracking havoc in the river and when she tries to tell her mom she doesn't listen. She is always thinking she is nothing but trouble and when she has to eat the Giant Cuttlefish she ends up becoming the Cuttlefish and is able to learn just because she is small she can still do good things.
This is a excellent book for kids
Dec 29, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Little Sea Orchid struggles because she feels like she is a problem to her family. She is the youngest, and she's also the most worried in the family about the dangers of the sea and other things around her. When she's invited to a new girl's house she tries not to embarrass her family, but she can't do anything right after she sees the sea monster they are going to eat. Her unfortunate allergic reaction makes the visit one to remember and Little Sea Orchid learns about herself in ways she ...more
Kristina Applegate
Feb 01, 2015 Kristina Applegate rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy of this book for an honest review*

This book was a quick easy read. The main character, Little Orchid was easy to relate to. Anyone with siblings know what it feels like to have an overly busy Mom and Dad trying to keep everyone fed and taken care of, but getting so busy the children sometimes feel left out. This story is a great example to children that parents love their children even if they can't show it in ways children want or need. Also, Little Orchid gets to learn
Stephanie Ward
Oct 18, 2015 Stephanie Ward rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
This is one of the most beautifully written children's books I've read. Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble is the story of a nine year old girl finding her place in her world, in her family and within herself. The story is based in Singapore during a politically tumultuous time with an impending typhoon on the way. Bits and pieces of life in Singapore are relayed through meals, interactions with those of different classes in the village and news that spreads between the characters giving ...more
Jessica Haight
May 06, 2014 Jessica Haight rated it it was amazing
Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble by Gueh Yanting, Claudine is brilliantly creative. The writing is lyrical, and the imagery sticks to your bones. Following along with Little Orchid on her quest into the deep was riveting. The fabric of the story has the same fantastical texture as that of Alice and Wonderland. Just as Alice finds herself trapped in another world, so does Little Orchid- in mind and body! She learns about herself by seeing through different eyes and makes some very special ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Maari rated it really liked it
What a fun & encouraging story!! Little Orchid is busy on an adventure of not only the places that she visits, but in discovering who she is. Ms. Gueh does an amazing job of losing us in her imaginative world, making it believable/relatable to not only my son (we read this together), but to me, as well! What a wonderful book, one that has made a lasting impression on our family & will be a part of our permanent collection!! <3
Steven Smith
Oct 23, 2014 Steven Smith rated it really liked it
Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble is a interesting concept and a cute read. It brings the reader close to a Singapore fishing culture that many may not know about while sharing a creative story path. Little Orchid learns a lot about family, herself and will be good for kids who enjoy using their imagination.
Sherry Alexander
Apr 28, 2014 Sherry Alexander rated it it was amazing
The story of little girl who feels she is nothing but trouble is extremely heartwarming. I loved how she discovered that not all mothers love their children the same, but they still love them.

Little Orchid is a heart warming story that I will share with each grandchild. It shows the power of a child's heart.
Feb 12, 2015 Yanelis rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The story telling was fluid and the lesson behind the story was a valuable one.Such a sweet story! I loved it.
This was an enjoyable story. I love the message I got out of it- if we take something special from the sea, the sea will take something special from us
Bree Wolf
Oct 11, 2014 Bree Wolf rated it it was amazing
By Bree Wolf, author of Fireflies

Such a sweet story! I loved it. Little Orchid is so pure and real and in a way really educating, but don’t worry, in a really good way. It’s inspiring how Little Orchid learns about herself and comes to understand the people in her life. Highly recommended!
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