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Mist Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Meet Alexis. Her Grandpa's memories have been shattered.

The only cure? Memory Glue.
To brew it, she'll just need a few ingredients:

Like, nose hair from a baku (dream-eater), sweat from a duyung (sea siren) and...

OK. Maybe some of the stuff can be tricky to find in local supermarkets.

To obtain them Alexis must journey to an enchanted land called Mist, where the
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Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published June 29th 2021 by Penguin Books
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Elvina Zafril
Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got lost sometimes when I was reading this book. My imagination went wild. I was really into it.

Daryl Kho is such a good storyteller. I wanted to read this book in one sitting but work get in the way.

I’m super into mythical folklore stories especially in Southeast Asia. I found that the stories were written beautifully and I was enchanted by the magical stories.

So glad that I got the chance to follow Alexis’ journey and adventure into the magical world. The plot is just so amazing. Most import
【Afi】 (WhatAfiReads)
“Here's another Grandpa's saying for you, Alexis.

if Love is the seed, then the Oak that springs from it.. is Family.

Family is everything. It's the whole tree.

From the roots that hold it steady, right up to the trunk, its branches, the leaves and the fruit that hangs from it. Everything, the foundation, the roots, the flower and the fruit.

That's why we call it a Family Tree.

Our branches may grow in different directions. But our roots remain as one.”

I mean. This quote alone had made me teared
Athirah Idrus
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty close to my grandparents. My grandma was a woman of a few words, but she was always present in my life. When I lost her shortly before my graduation, I was deeply heartbroken. I only had the opportunity to meet my grandpa for a short time, during which he filled playing with us grandchildren, reciting to us in a sing-song voice countless Malay poems and rhyming pantuns that I still memorise today.

This is why this book has a special place in my heart. I could relate to the bond betwe
Khai Jian (KJ)
Sep 04, 2021 rated it liked it
"When all appears lost, with all hope but gone; Keep faith that the night, is darkest before the dawn. It's in that hour most forlorn, that the light of Spring is born..."

As a result of stumbling upon a kenit's (based on Malay folklore and it refers to small humans with magical powers) house, Alexis' Grandpa was hit by a Fog of Forgetting spell cast by the kenit. Grandpa's memories start to shatter. To cure the spell, Alexis (together with her Grandma, who apparently is a fairy Princess, and the
Nov 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this is in par with my love for Harry Potter. Loving the ASEAN reps and folklores that were given life. Loving the family theme that this book has given and it reminded me a lot about my grandparents.

My late grandmother had Parkinsons and my grandfather is showing symptoms of dementia, so the author’s first page caught me off guard and I started to tear up 🥲

“…each time that a child reads the story is a chance for Grandpa to be ‘saved’, over and over, and over again.”


Those wh
Oct 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Why spend your life missing someplace you've never been, and can never be? And why risk having our children mocked and ostracized for believing in something that the world could never understand?"

What a warm cuddly emotional fun story.
Like what more could I ever ask for.
What really hooked me into reading this book was my relationship with my grandparents.
Grandparents are such special people in my life and the fact that Mist Bound involved the relationship of a grandparent and grandchild alread
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Rating: 4.5 (bumping it up to 5 because I can)

This was such a charming book, and though it's children's fiction (this book is aimed at middle-graders), there are lessons and takeaways for adults as well.

The blend of the real world and the mythical folklore from all over Southeast Asia (and even beyond!) are portrayed with beautiful illustrations by Ellie of SillyJellie, and though at the surface the story is simplistic enough for children, there are also real-life lessons on the consequences an
Anna Tan
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malaysiana, sea
I don't recall how I stumbled upon this, because honestly, the marketing around it is... non-existent?? But I somehow found Daryl Kho's website! And realised there was a preorder sale! So I ordered it!

Mist Bound tells of Alexis' quest to cure her Grandpa after he was hit by a Fog of Forgetting spell. She just has to travel across the magical world of Mist with her scary Grandma and the annoying kenit who cast the spell to find the 8 ingredients to make Memory Glue. As Alexis journeys across Mis
Lilian Li
Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"𝑪𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒊𝒔𝒏'𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒔𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒖𝒔𝒉 𝒐𝒏, 𝒊𝒏 𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒊𝒕. 𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏."

This book was amazing. Immediately, the premise pulled me in. I'm always a sucker for grandparent relationships 🥺 add sprinkles of magic, myths, mayhem, and MIST, just wow.

"𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒄 𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒑𝒆𝒕'𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒍𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒔. 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒖𝒑 𝒊𝒏 𝒔𝒎𝒐𝒌𝒆."

The lessons learned about Alzheimer's are so crucial, so needed. Thank you for bringing this important discussion into a unique and crea
✨ sufina ✨ (thebadassreader)
my rating: 4.5⭐️(full review will come soon!)

This is a middle grade book, I am 26 and i loved it! It is the Arabian Nights but make it Southeast Asian ✨ It was so amazing to see an inclusive Malaysian folklores as well as Japanese, Vietnamese, & others too. So many great and wise lessons for kids. Gorgeous arts in between some pages to keep the them (and me) interested. Unique voices of the characters, never ending adventures, interactive dialogues. This is the book I want to read to my children
Siti Sumaiyyah
Sep 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a good Middle-grade book, head over to @mphclick and get Mist Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa by @darylkho.

It's a beautiful book written by a talented local author that for me personally is deserving of a Newbery Medal, if it could be nominated. I really do think that!

Mist Bound is beautifully written and makes use of local and Asian myths and legends. I love the many mentions of Asian mythical creatures that I'd never heard of when I read the story. The descriptions are ac
Naadhira Zahari
Aug 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mist Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa by Daryl Kho is a wholesome story following Alexis and her grandma's adventure through the magical lands of Mist. This book highlights on the importance of family, restoring balance for the magical creatures and braving all the obstacles to procure all the ingredients to get grandpa's memories back.

A few pages into this book and I was immensely hooked. This story is so very well written, the stories within and the plot is just as amazing. Obviously, the first
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Stumbled on this book from someone's Instagram, and was intrigued by Daryl Kho's backstory. His "why", and Southeast Asian elements were the 2 big factors that led me to pick up this book. I found the story simple in a childlike, whimsical way. But that simplicity and lyrical writing are the same ingredients that made this book... magically easy to read. I would read an entire section each time, and only stopped because of bedtime. Highly recommend it, as a way of exploring dementia without too ...more
Jose Lum
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to be enthralled from the very first page of Mist Bound. At times laugh-out-loud hilarious, at times heartwarming and poignant. It folds Southeast Asian culture as well as diaspora feelings into a magical adventure with Southeast Asian Mythical Creatures complications and twists keep the plot engaging and snappy. The way Daryl Kho takes traditions and lore and incorporates them into an exciting contemporary fantasy setting makes my heart soar as a reader. Readers who love magical adventu ...more
Quah Kheng
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first few lines, I was transformed into my 12 year old self and I had to force myself to not finish it in a single sitting. Loved the personal story behind the theme of this book. There are so many other gems; the author has a way of communicating complex social interactions and adult themes to a child in a sensible and positive way. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to be reminded of the innocence, purity and determination of childhood. Can't wait for book 2 ...more
Jasmine Goh
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
a must-read especially after learning the author's own personal story about his father. for someone like me who's not yet had to go through the experience of having a close family member with dementia, the book is a wonderful literary experience to understand more of what is typically a difficult yet so very important topic. definitely suitable for all ages to read and hugely enjoy the references to Asian mythical folklore too! ...more
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book not to be missed..
Mist Bound is the most fascinating book I have ever read. I love how Daryl Kho weaved mystical creatures into the book and was totally intrigued by the small imp that shatters one's memories. The twists in the story is sure to awe you. Thank you for writing this awesome book Daryl Kho. Keep going! This is the best gift for my 11th birthday.
Rayden Xu
Nov 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Book: Mist Bound - How To Glue Back Grandpa
Author: @darylkho
Rating: 5🌟

You know one of those magical reads that you can’t missed and stuck in you like for maybe forever?!

Yep! This is the one! MIST BOUND offers you a stunning adventure of a young girl in search to find a magical medicine/potion to recover her grandpa from a spell.

This book also offers a fast-paced reading experience while retaining the momentum of a good reading flows and yes the storylines are very
University of Chicago Magazine
Daryl Kho, AB'01

From the author: "A 'family novel' meant for ages 8 to 800 (children, grandparents, and the people in between), Mist-Bound is published by Penguin Books South-East Asia and supported by two leading charitable organizations in Singapore: Dementia Singapore and TOUCH Community Services.

"The book tells the story of a young girl whose beloved grandfather’s memories have been shattered by a terrible spell, for which there is only one cure: Memory Glue. Unfortunately, a list of o
Oct 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝑯𝒐𝒑𝒆, 𝒎𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔, 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒈𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒍𝒍.“

The story begins when Alexis’s grandpa suddenly lost his memory due to an unexpected and unavoidable accident. This led to Alexis and her grandma, along with their new companion, the troublesome imp(kenit) to venture out to the land of Mist and save her grandpa before he is forever lost in the depths of mist that is clouding his mind.

This story was inspired by the author’s father who unfortunately suffered from Alzheimer.
Hwee Goh
Sep 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In 2009, three months before the birth of his daughter Alexis, Daryl Kho’s father suffered a stroke. It brought on vascular dementia, which altered the family’s life forever.

Through that wintry dark time, and the spring that came from Alexis’ birth - a crucible was forged. In 2015, Daryl began to tell the story of Mistbound.

On an evening stroll, Alexis is having the best time sharing stories with Grandpa. He gets struck by the mists, and loses his faculty of mind and memory. Her usually stoic gr
Eva Nava
Nov 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book SO much. This has been my favourite middle-grade read of the season. I started reading this for the autumn half-term and finished the book in time for school to start because turning the pages was so easy. Daryl Kho has so ingeniously weaved Southeast Asian folklore and tales into this delightful "heroine's quest", engaging readers from start to finish. I have not come across a middle-grade novel like this before. More, please! ...more
Kara (bookishskippy)
Oct 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book brought me tears 😭

Finished reading it one shot! Daryl you did good 😊
Oct 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Beautifully illustrated and an incredibly sweet ode to grandparents and dementia. However, Kho's attempt at stitching together a story centered on Asian folklore (which is very important and needed) falls flat to me. In my opinion the book is marred by its clunky writing. This is a problem it shares with Suffian Hakim's The Keeper of Stories in that it is constantly trying to tell you about how important stories are, making it a somewhat tedious didactic read. This almost ironically contradicts ...more
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Malaysia-born and Singapore-based, Daryl Kho works in the regional TV industry, where he basically sells other people’s stories and ideas for a living.

He was a prolific creator during his student days: composing songs, poems, plays and even a kung-fu musical! However, after Daryl joined the rat race, corporate emails became his sole literary output. Gradually, his creative tank dried up.

Then in 2

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