Ricky Lee's new book meant for young, old readers alike

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 13 2016 11:52 PM

MANILA — Award-winning screenwriter and novelist Ricky Lee has just released a new book that targets both children and adults.

"Kung Alam N'yo Lang: Mga Kwentong Pambata Para Sa Mga Hindi Na Bata" is a collection of four stories written from the point of view of four children. It also includes illustrations by four artists.

Speaking on DZMM, Lee said that although "Kung Alam N'yo Lang" can be considered a children's book, it should also appeal to adults who have forgotten how it is to be young.

"Pwede siyang basahin ng mga bata, pero in the end, mas bagay siyang basahin ng mga adults, lalo na 'yung mga adult na nakalimot na sa kanilang pagkabata," he said.

"Naging jaded na ang paniniwala nila tungkol sa kamatayan, o tungkol sa Diyos, and so on. So mas bagay pa rin siya sa adults pero pwede na siyang, with parental guidance, ipabasa sa ibang mga bata," Lee added.

According to Lee, the book can be read by children in order to prepare them for the real world.

"Ang mga bata ngayon, handa na. Dapat mas ihanda natin sila sa realidad ng buhay kasi 'pag sobrang pinrotektahan tapos dumating 'yung pangyayari sa buhay, mas hindi sila protektado, mas kawawa sila," he said, adding that he got the idea after "attending a workshop on writing children's books," he said.

The book tackles death, looking for God, forgetting history and the power of words.

"Pwede siya sa mga bata, pero mas bagay siya sa mga matatanda, kasi parang mga matatanda ang nawalan ng innocence," he said.

"Kung Alam N'yo Lang" is available at a discounted price of P250 until December 31.