1980s Malacca, three sisters nicknamed Do, Re, Mi, looked forward to new clothes every Chinese New Year. But one year Mother said that a new baby was coming and they might not have enough money for new clothes. So Da Dou, Xiao Lei and Mi Mi decided to work harder to help the family but life took many unexpected turns in their quest for a simple Chinese New Year wish.
About Melody Soh
Melody Soh grew up in Malacca, the second of four girls. Since young, her favourite game was acting out stories with her sisters on their parents’ bed. She liked drawing but ended up studying business at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. After graduation, she worked for seven years before leaving for Melbourne to pursue her dream of making movies. Due to financial difficulties, she studied graphic design instead. She later returned to Malaysia and worked in a publishing company. However, before one year had passed, the company downsized and Melody found herself out of job. During her six months of unemployment, Melody completed her picture book and this has reignited her childhood love for drawing and storytelling. The book won the YGL-Oyez! Picture Book Award 2015.
Illustration style and inspiration
According to Melody, she was inspired by Shaun Tan, Isabelle Arsenault, Jimmy Liao, Carson Ellis, Sophie Blackall, Florent Chavouet and Liekeland.
"Their stories and illustrations made me want to start drawing again. I remember drawing as my favorite subject in school but no one mentioned art as a career back then. So I didn't even think of becoming an artist. For this story, I decided to just draw them the way I've always loved drawing - using ink/biro pen. I just changed the pen to colour pencils as I love colours in picture books."